chapter  8
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When East meets West: cultural scripts, indigenisation and the ‘teacher-directed, student-engaged’ approach

The previous chapter discussed the essence and impact of Confucian culture on contemporary Chinese education, with a focus on the NCR and educational borrowing from the West. It also introduced the Confucian texts that served, for centuries, to transmit and preserve key Confucian beliefs, values and logics to generations of Chinese via socialisation and the civil service exam. This chapter continues our exploration by focusing on the nature and influences of cultural scripts and indigenisation in China’s educational borrowing from the West. The first part of the chapter revisits the concepts of cultural scripts and indigenisation, as well as highlights the dominant cultural scripts for education in China. The second part illustrates the process of indigenisation in Chinese education using the example of a hybrid teaching approach.