Author

About the Author


Cornelius N. Grove completed an M.A.T. degree at Johns Hopkins University in 1964, then served for four years as a high school teacher in White Plains, NY. From there he moved into educational publishing at two houses in New York City. During 1971-73, he and his English wife sojourned for a year in rural Portugal and traveled in Europe and across Africa. He returned to graduate school at Columbia University.

While completing his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, Cornelius became fascinated with the cross-cultural factors that affect children’s ability to learn in classrooms. For his dissertation project, he examined the cultural challenges affecting immigrant Portuguese students in a Massachusetts middle school. After graduating, he became Director of Research for AFS, the international student and teacher exchange organization. He also held adjunct teaching posts at New School and Columbia Universities, at which he created and taught courses entitled “Cross-Cultural Problems in Classroom Communication.” During the spring of 1986, he taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Some of Cornelius Grove’s publications between the 1970s and the early 2000s are cited nearby; most can be read with a single click.

After delivering a conference paper on instructional styles across cultures in 2006, Cornelius decided upon a long-term mission for himself:

To reveal the historical and cultural reasons for American students’ poor academic performance in comparison with their peers in other nations.

Three books fulfill this mission:

2013 The Aptitude Myth
How an Ancient Belief Came to Undermine Children’s Learning Today
2017 The Drive to Learn
What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about RAISING Students Who Excel
2020 A Mirror for Americans
What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about TEACHING Students Who Excel

In addition, Cornelius authored an entry on “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” for the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015). And for the International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (2018), he authored lengthy entries on “Cognitive Styles Across Cultures” and his specialty, “Pedagogy across Cultures”.

Currently, Cornelius is working on a new book, tentatively entitled How Other Children Learn: Parenting and Learning in Five Traditional Societies.

Beginning in early 1990, Cornelius’s day job was as managing partner of GROVEWELL LLC, which delivered executive coaching and cross-cultural services for corporations worldwide. After 31 years in business, GROVEWELL closed in December 2020.

Prior Publications


  • Communication Across Cultures: A Report on Cross-Cultural Research (1976) Full reading text
  • The Culture of the Classroom in Portugal and the United States (1978) Full reading text
  • U.S. Schooling Through Chinese Eyes (1984) Full reading text
  • Encountering the Chinese: A Modern Country, An Ancient Culture (1991, 2010) Amazon webpage (many reviews)
  • How People from Different Cultures Expect to Learn (2003) Full reading text
  • Understanding the Two Instructional Style Prototypes: Pathways to Success in Internationally Diverse Classrooms (2006) Full reading text
  • The Aptitude Myth: How an Ancient Belief Came to Undermine Children’s Learning Today (2013) Publisher’s webpage | The book’s website
  • Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015) “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy” Publisher’s webpage
  • International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (2018) “Pedagogy across Cultures” Full reading text
  • The Drive to Learn: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about RAISING Students Who Excel (2017) You are now on this book’s website.
  • How ‘Weird’ Societies Think about Children’s Learning (2018) Full reading text
  • A Mirror for Americans: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about TEACHING Students Who Excel (2020) Publisher’s webpage | The book’s website
  • Where Children Learn How to Learn (2021) Full reading text
  • Dr. Grove’s full professional bibliography (150 citations) is available here