Developing Critical Cultural Confidence Through Media-Assisted Problem-Based Learning in the Chinese Culture Class

  • Dai-Ling ChenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1048)


In the face of the modern age of new information and technologies, new competence and qualities tackling real-life problems for innovation are of necessity. This study proposes the concept of critical cultural confidence based on the critical thinking threshold concept. It is subject to gradual improvement towards the state of affirmation of self culture in relation to the wider world. Thirty-four Chinese undergraduate students majoring in English language and taking the course of Chinese culture used the media-assisted problem-based learning (PBL) with access to different media in three learning cycles for real-life problem-solving. In this media-assisted PBL classroom, media literacy served as the core supported by the appropriate use of technology for learning. With the use of questionnaires and interviews along with results of students’ academic performance, it was found that adequate curricular design and continuous dynamic collaboration in the nurturing environment contributed to their epistemological and ontological development of critical cultural confidence. Implications for the implementation of media-assisted PBL under the inherent Chinese cultural characteristics are then provided.


Critical cultural confidence Critical thinking Threshold concepts Media-assisted problem-based learning 



This study was funded by the 2018 Classroom Teaching Reform Practice administered by Huaiyin Institute of Technology, China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Foreign LanguagesHuaiyin Institute of TechnologyHuaian CityChina

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