Wang Bixia et al. (1997) and Jiang Liping (1998) investigated what learning strategies students of Chinese as a foreign language employ when learning Chinese characters. On the basis of their research they suggest what pedagogical methods the teacher should apply in order to make the task easier for the students. In the present study, Wang Bixia et al.'s and Jiang Liping's research is analysed in order to find out whether the methodology of their investigations can provide an exhaustive answer to the question of what pedagogical methods should be applied in teaching Chinese characters. My conclusions are that the studies by Wang et al. and Jiang do not offer an exhaustive answer to the question of which teaching strategies should be employed to make the learning of Chinese easier. They do, however, contribute to a better understanding of the subject matter.
Cognition, Learning and Teaching of Chinese Characters, 2007, p. 463-488