The August 2017 Student/Country Focus is provided by Yi-Ju Chen from Taiwan.
My name is Yi-Ju Chen from Taiwan and I am currently a master’s student at UCL Institute of Education.
The topic of my dissertation is A cross-cultural comparison: Parenting styles, gap year, and adolescents’ career development in United Kingdom and Taiwan.
Compulsory education in Taiwan is presently twelve years and begins with six years in primary school, then three years in junior school and three years in senior high school (sixth form college). An alternative pathway to post-16 education is vocational school.
In 2007 when compulsory education was nine years, I chose to study in a single-sex junior high school and then I was admitted to our senior high which allowed me to keep studying at the same school. It is worth mentioning that cram school, which provides private after-school classes intended to supplement students' regular education, is ubiquitous in Taiwan. Popular subjects in cram school are English, mathematics and science. I went to cram schools for improving my English ability when I was a secondary student and when I was an undergraduate.
For admission to university, we have to take either The Subject Competency Test or The Designated Subject(s) Examination as College Entrance Examination. I took both of them since I was not content with my first outcome. We typically take four years to complete our university education compared to the usual three years in the UK. Another difference is that we need the minimum of 128 credits to graduate and the way we calculate credits is also different.