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Hu Culture Curriculum Design

  1. 1. Culture-focused Curriculum Design and Implementation <ul><li>Wanli Hu, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Confucius Institute </li></ul><ul><li>May 1, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Contents <ul><ul><li>Different Focus for Different Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. I. Different Focus for Different Audience <ul><li>K-5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ancient China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Geography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Philosophy/Great Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Silk Road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Inventions and Discoveries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6-12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sino-U.S. Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary China </li></ul></ul><ul><li>K-12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlights of Chinese Civilization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Literature </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Course Model <ul><li>In the morning: a scholar provides a lecture on related academic topic </li></ul><ul><li>In the afternoon: lead teachers offer workshops to transform academic knowledge into classroom skills </li></ul><ul><li>In above approach, we combine both lectures with hands-on workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Participant is required to write a curriculum based on his/her teaching </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Case Studies Highlights of Chinese Civilization <ul><li>Day 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring Chinese Civilization through Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Philosophies/Great Teachings </li></ul><ul><li>Day 3 </li></ul><ul><li> China’s Invention & Discoveries & their Contributions to the World </li></ul><ul><li>Day 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding Chinese History from 1840-1949 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 5 </li></ul><ul><li>China’s Rise and Its Impact on the World </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum Sharing </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Day I. Using Geography to Explore the Roots of Chinese Civilization <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: </li></ul><ul><li>  Exploring China’s geographic characteristics and examining how these features affected the emergence and development of Chinese civilization. </li></ul><ul><li>Key question: </li></ul><ul><li>How is Chinese civilization affected by China’s geographic conditions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison: </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese civilization vs. American civilization from a geographic perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture & discussion: </li></ul><ul><li>Heaven, Earth, Humanity: interaction between physical environments and human landscapes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Workshops <ul><li>Making Big Maps of China </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topographic Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>China’s Climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>China’s Population Today </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A Comparison between China and the U.S. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arable land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oceans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Population </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. http://www.asian.gu.edu.au/chinadem.html The Three Zones of China’s Topography
  9. 9. 中国的降水分布
  10. 10. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
  11. 11. Population of China http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps
  12. 16. China & the United States
  13. 17. Comparison <ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Arable land </li></ul><ul><li>Oceans </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Populations </li></ul><ul><li>Any related topic </li></ul>
  14. 18. Group discussion based on the following “Thought Questions” <ul><li>How many zones does China have? What are the major characteristics of these zones? </li></ul><ul><li>中国的地貌有几个部分组成?每个部分的主要特点是什么? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why is the Yellow River called “yellow”? </li></ul><ul><li>为什么黄河被称为“黄色”的河流? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why was China‘s early civilization relatively isolated from other early civilizations? </li></ul><ul><li>为什么在很远的时候,中国同其他的文明相对隔绝? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Chinese name their land “Middle Kingdom ( 中国 )”? </li></ul><ul><li>为什么中国人将自己的国家称为“中央帝国(中国)” </li></ul><ul><li>How do geography, climate and agriculture each determine the distribution of the Chinese population? </li></ul><ul><li>中国的地貌,气候和农业是怎样对其人口的分布产生影响的? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did China adopt a One-Child Policy? Do you think the policy is necessary to maintain the balance between natural resources and population? </li></ul><ul><li>为什么中国要采取独身子女政策?你认为这是为了保持自然资源与人口平衡的必要手段吗? </li></ul>

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