General Education has taken center stage in the greater China area (Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China) because of a number of important developments. First, globalization has created both opportunities and challenges for college students. When they graduate and enter the real world, they must have the cultural sensitivities and social skills, in addition to their professional training, to compete in a knowledge-based global economy. Equally significant for institutions of higher education, pressing global problems challenge traditional disciplines and demand new forms of learning that reshapes the boundaries of knowledge. In response to those rapidly changing dynamics, general education has taken an increasingly important role in undergraduate education. As the first English publication on the subject, this anthology brings together a distinguished group of General Education scholars and teachers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.
Table of Contents
1. General Education and Global Citizenship: A Comparative Study in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China - XING, Jun and NG, Pak-sheung, CHENG, Chloe Part I: Concepts and Objectives Of General Education 2. Globalization and Higher Education in Greater China: Trends and Challenges - HUANG, Chun-Chieh, National Taiwan University 3. Liberal and Humanistic Education: General Education Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong - CHEUNG Chan Fai, Chinese University of Hong Kong 4. The Implications of University Culture Development for General Education - SONG, Shanggui, Jinan University 5. From Liberal Education to General Education: Change and Continuity in the Philosophy of University Education - LEUNG, Mei Yee, Chinese University of Hong Kong Part II: Curricular Designs for General Education 6. Meaning and Methods: The Role of General Education and Its Curriculum Designing - HU, Xianzhang and CAO, Li, Tsinghua University 7. The Relationship between General Education and Whole-Person Education - LIN, Mei Chin, Fu Jen Catholic University 8. Case Studies of Mainland China: General Education in Higher Education Institutions - LI, Manli, Tsinghua University 9. Various Curricular Designs at UGC-Supported Universities in Hong Kong - FREAKE, Hedley, Fulbright Scholar in General Education, Hong Kong Part III: Pedagogical Approaches to General Education 10. Science, the First Humanity (shifting his focus to liberal studies in general?) - BABSON, John, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 11. How to Teach Science as General Education Courses with An Emphasis on Chinese Medicine - FAN, Ka Wai, City University of Hong Kong 12. General Education Mathematics at the University Level: Courses and Pedagogical Approaches - WANG, Lixia, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications 13. How to Train Faculty to Teach General Education Curricula - WANG, Lin-Wen and LIANG, Jia-Chi, Yuan Ze University Part IV: Outcome Assessment for General Education 14. A Personal View of the Evaluation of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Higher Education - HUANG, Chun-Chieh, National Taiwan University 15. Current Situation and Improvement Strategies for General Education Assessment at Mainland Chinese Universities - FENG, Huimin, Wuhan University 16. Learning Outcomes of General Education Course with Service-Learning Component: A Case for Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Hong Kong - LAI, Kwok Hung and XU, Hui Xuan, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Jun Xing is Professor and Director of the General Education Centre at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Trained as a cultural historian, Professor Xing specializes in US immigration, American ethnicity, popular culture, and the history of cultural relations between the United States and China. Before arriving in Hong Kong, Professor Xing served as a professor and director of academic program and assessment in the United States for many years. He is the author/editor of six other English-language books, including Baptized in the Fire of Revolution (Lehigh University Press, 1996), Asian America through the Lens (Sage Publications, 1998), Reversing the Lens (University of Colorado Press, 2003), Teaching for Change (Lexington Books, 2006), Seeing Color (University of Hong Kong Press, 2007), and Service Learning in Asia (University of Hong Kong Press, 2010).