For those of us who are passionate about learning, reading, and applying that knowledge to life, learning details about the people who create a massive volume of KNOW-HOW is something that comes naturally. Here’s one of the leaders in education and researchers of the fundamentals of learning in different cultures Dr. Cornelius Grove.
Cornelius N. Grove is an independent scholar whose day job is as Managing Partner of the global business leadership consultancy he founded in 1990, Grovewell.
A native of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Cornelius grew up in Chattanooga, TN, where he was active in high school extracurricular activities and the Boy Scouts. He gained his bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University. After also attaining a Master of Arts in Teaching degree there, he taught high school history in White Plains, NY.
Then he moved into educational publishing in New York City, after which he and his wife traveled for two years in Europe and Africa; one of those years was spent living in rural Portugal. Upon returning, he completed a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree at Columbia University. His graduate school interest was in understanding, at the level of values, worldwide differences among classroom cultures.
After receiving his degree, Dr. Grove became Director of Research for AFS, the student exchange organization. He also held adjunct posts at Columbia and New School Universities, creating and teaching a course on cross-cultural communication in the classroom. In 1986, he taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, after which he co-authored Encountering the Chinese.
During the 1990s, Grovewell was asked to train corporate trainers facing learners from abroad. Creating a course for that purpose reignited Dr. Grove’s scholarly interests. In Singapore during 2005, he delivered a conference paper on the types of instructional styles found worldwide. This became his start for a book project to give Americans a global framework for understanding classroom learning.
While planning that book, Dr. Grove became curious about the origins of the beliefs that Americans often apply when thinking about children’s learning. Intending to write one chapter on that topic, he began historical research – and found that one chapter wasn’t nearly enough. His manuscript became The Aptitude Myth. Check it out HERE.
Dr. Grove was then invited to contribute an entry on “Culturally Appropriate Pedagogy” to the new Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015). Next, he was invited to contribute an entry on “Pedagogy Across Cultures” to the new International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (forthcoming, 2018).
To write those encyclopedia entries, Dr. Grove explored anthropological research on school learning, child development, and parenting worldwide. It re-acquainted him with the powerful influence on children of the values and expectations – the culture – in which they are immersed during their first years. Focusing on the contrasts between U.S. and East Asian cultures, he shares what he’s discovered about parenting for school success in The Drive to Learn.
Check out Dr. Grove’s book on how different cultures of the world view the “educating” and raising their young children in his book “How Other Children Learn.”
Dr. Grove and his wife are the grandparents of three youngsters in Connecticut and two in London.
Books by Cornelius N. Grove
(2023) How Other Children Learn, get it HERE
(2020) A Mirror for Americans, buy it HERE
(2017) The Drive to Learn, shop for it HERE
(2013) The Aptitude Myth, buy it HERE
(2010) Encountering the Chinese, get it HERE