Chinese Motivation Studies

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A study of the motivation which Chinese students have been choosing to studying in other countries

Background
In 1978, the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping promoted the sending of 860 students and scholars to study abroad. Since then there has been a rapid increase in the numbers of Chinese students studying abroad. With sustained economic development on the mainland the option to study abroad has become more affordable for increasing numbers of Chinese families. For example, the number of students choosing to study overseas is reported to have increased by a factor of 11 over the past five years (China Daily, 2007) In 2007, there were over 700,000 Chinese students and scholars studying in 108 countries and regions all over the world (Ministry
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Extrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise. This type of motivation arises from outside the individual, as opposed to intrinsic motivation, which originates inside of the individual. In the study of the extrinsic motivation which Chinese students have been choosing to study in other countries, students may not want to gain much money, fame, grades, and praise. Maybe they just want to find a good job or international career. The students are interested in foreign flexible and creative method of education. Within the Chinese educational system, the method of teaching is different. There is far greater emphasis on rote learning and the ‘right’ answer. The main teaching method is cramming system. In the foreign environment, they will not worry about gutter oil and melamine .Mainland students will suffer from these. They enjoy the foreign environment. In some families, Chinese parents invest heavily in their children’s international education. Parents want to fulfil their own life ambitions through sending their children to study abroad. It is said that the parents’ decision is the main reason which is main motivation of the students who are choosing to study abroad. Actually It is not the intrinsic motivation of students . It belongs to the extrinsic motivation of them. Extrinsic motivation is that the students who are choosing to study…show more content…
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