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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.08 - Tuning into Faculty and TA development in China: What we achieved and learned

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The field of faculty development in higher education in China is rapidly changing and growing (Huang, Li, & Kuang, 2012). Despite this growth, there is scant literature (in English) about delivering faculty professional development programs in China (for examples, see Huang, Li, & Kuang, 2012; Wong & Fang, 2012), and nothing specifically about teaching assistants (TAs)._x000D_
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In April 2015, an invited team of educational specialists traveled to one university in central China to research and deliver faculty and TA development programs. Delivering material developed in one country to another highlighted the challenges faced regarding culture, language, and many aspects of the different educational systems, but also highlighted similarities (Thanh, 2014). A common issue identified is how to evaluate the efficacy of the professional development programs (Huang, Li, & Kuang, 2012; Wong & Fang, 2012) especially due to the non-transferability of Western-based pedagogies to Confucian heritage cultures (Thanh, 2014)._x000D_
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In this session, the team will share their approach and process to delivering instruction to faculty and TAs. Included will be preliminary results from the study undertaken that looked at different aspects of the programming, including its effectiveness and transferability. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss how these challenges and successes resonate with internationalization and globalization of higher education._x000D_
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References:_x000D_
Huang, H., Li, X., & Kuang, Y. (2012). Faculty development in engineering colleges in mainland China: _x000D_
The humanities perspective. IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning _x000D_
for Engineering (TALE), August 20–23, 2012, Hong Kong. _x000D_
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Thanh, P. T. H. (2014). Implementing cross-culture pedagogies: Cooperative learning at Confucian _x000D_
heritage cultures. Springer online. Retrieved April, 2015 _x000D_
http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789814451901_x000D_
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Wong, J. G., & Fang, Y. (2012). Improving Clinical Teaching in China: Initial Report of a Multihospital Pilot _x000D_
Faculty Development Effort, Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal, 24:4, 355-_x000D_
360, DOI:10.1080/10401334.2012.719801

Speakers
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Jane Gair (University of Victoria)

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Victoria


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bayshore Salon ABC

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