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Current thinking concerning liberal arts education in China

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Abstract:

1. Topic: Current thinking concerning liberal arts education in China

2. Goals
A. to explore the current thinking of Chinese policy makers, university administrators, and faculty on liberal arts education and its challenges.
B. to analyze documents regarding curriculum reform and policy initiatives on the liberal arts education.
C. to reflect how liberal arts education can contribute to a new kind of education for well-rounded citizens.
3. Theoretical framework
I bring to my research an understanding of loosely coupling theory by Karl Weick that implies that educational organizations can be tied together either weakly or infrequently or within minimal interdependence. I also apply Burton Clark’s theory of organization to examine the phases of development in liberal arts education and the ways in which the system differentiates horizontally into sectors and vertically into hierarchies in the process.
4. Methodology
This study uses a qualitative methodology to interview people in 10 key Chinese universities. Interviews (20 people in each university) will be done with the directors of liberal arts education development offices, administrators, and faculty members, policy makers, and scholars in important strategic research centers in China, which have influenced national higher education policy.


5. Summary of findings.
The revival of interest in liberal arts education in middle 1990s in China has shown that the government and universities realized the importance of educating for citizens with critical thinking, the creativity and cognitive complexity needed for social advancement and personal integration in a global context. However, under the pressure of exam-oriented education, memorization, and lecture pedagogy, faculty, university administrators and policy makers have not been able to embrace it whole-heartedly. The implementation of liberal arts education through policy reform, revision of curriculum, and faculty participation will continue to remain challenging.

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Liberal Arts Education
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Jiang, You Guo. "Current thinking concerning liberal arts education in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p485770_index.html>

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Jiang, Y. , 2011-05-01 "Current thinking concerning liberal arts education in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p485770_index.html

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Abstract: 1. Topic: Current thinking concerning liberal arts education in China

2. Goals
A. to explore the current thinking of Chinese policy makers, university administrators, and faculty on liberal arts education and its challenges.
B. to analyze documents regarding curriculum reform and policy initiatives on the liberal arts education.
C. to reflect how liberal arts education can contribute to a new kind of education for well-rounded citizens.
3. Theoretical framework
I bring to my research an understanding of loosely coupling theory by Karl Weick that implies that educational organizations can be tied together either weakly or infrequently or within minimal interdependence. I also apply Burton Clark’s theory of organization to examine the phases of development in liberal arts education and the ways in which the system differentiates horizontally into sectors and vertically into hierarchies in the process.
4. Methodology
This study uses a qualitative methodology to interview people in 10 key Chinese universities. Interviews (20 people in each university) will be done with the directors of liberal arts education development offices, administrators, and faculty members, policy makers, and scholars in important strategic research centers in China, which have influenced national higher education policy.


5. Summary of findings.
The revival of interest in liberal arts education in middle 1990s in China has shown that the government and universities realized the importance of educating for citizens with critical thinking, the creativity and cognitive complexity needed for social advancement and personal integration in a global context. However, under the pressure of exam-oriented education, memorization, and lecture pedagogy, faculty, university administrators and policy makers have not been able to embrace it whole-heartedly. The implementation of liberal arts education through policy reform, revision of curriculum, and faculty participation will continue to remain challenging.


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