Applications of Indigenous Psychology: Educational Achievement

Applications of Indigenous Psychology: Educational Achievement
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Course Text: Stevens, M. J., & Gielen, U. P. (2007). Toward a global psychology: Theory, research, intervention, and pedagogy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Chapter 5, “Development of Indigenous Psychologies: Understanding People in a Global Context”
*Article: Allwood, C. M., & Berry, J. W. (2006). Origins and development of indigenous psychologies: An international analysis. International Journal of Psychology,
41(4), 243–268.
Use the PsycINFO database, and search using the article’s title.
This article examines the development of indigenous psychology in different parts of the world.
*Article: Kim, U., & Park, Y. (2006). Indigenous psychological analysis of academic achievement in Korea: The influence of self-efficacy, parents, and culture.
International Journal of Psychology, 41(4), 287–292.
Use the PsycINFO database, and search using the article’s title.
This article explains how indigenous psychology has contributed to academic achievement in Korea.
Application: Applications of Indigenous Psychology: Educational Achievement
Researchers interested in indigenous psychology have studied educational achievement in different countries. They question why students in some countries perform much
better than students in other countries. Their findings emphasize three major factors that impact educational achievement. The first factor, interdependence and proxy
control, refers to a child’s dependence on parents. The second, self-regulation, refers to the effort a student puts into academic pursuits. Collective control, the
third factor, refers to cooperation between family members and educators. Your text provides further details about each of these factors. The assigned article
illustrates the three factors and their effect on educational achievement in Korea. The article uses the terms educational achievement and academic achievement
interchangeably.
Studies show that East Asian students are high academic achievers, particularly in math and science. In contrast, studies indicate that students in the United States
perform poorly in science, math, and often other academic areas as well. Psychologists are interested in understanding whether factors that influence high achievement
in East Asia might somehow be “imported” into the United States to improve educational achievement.
To prepare for this assignment:
Review Chapter 5 in your textbook, Toward a Global Psychology: Theory, Research, Intervention, and Pedagogy. Pay particular attention to the section on understanding
achievement in East Asia.
Review the article “Indigenous Psychological Analysis of Academic Achievement in Korea: The Influence of Self-Efficacy, Parents, and Culture,” Korea being a specific
example of an East Asian country. Focus on the following sections: “Traditional Approaches; Cultural Values,” “Family and Self-Cultivation in Korea,” and “Discussion.”
Think about how the factors of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control are responsible for high educational achievement in East
Asian countries.
Consider how the absence of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control may relate to low educational achievement in the United States.
Think about whether you believe that East Asian factors of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control might somehow be “imported” into
American culture in order to improve educational achievement.
****The assignment :
*Explain how the factors of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control are responsible for high educational achievement in East Asian
countries.
*Explain how the absence of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control may relate to low educational achievement in the United States.
*Explain whether you believe that East Asian factors of interdependence and proxy control, self-regulation, and collective control might be “imported” into American
culture in order to improve educational achievement. ***Explain your answer.

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