|Educational Psychology||3||54/ one term|
|Science and Technology||3||
54/ one term
|Humanity and Society||3||
54/ one term
|Curriculum and Teaching Theory||4||
72/ one term
|Comparative Primary Education||3||
54/ one term
|Study of Primary Mathematics Teaching||4||
72/ one term
|Study of Chinese Language Teaching in Primary School||4||
72/ one term
|Introduction to Arts Studies||3||
54/ one term
|Introduction to Philosophy||3||
54/ one term
|Mathematics Theory and Methods||3||
54/ one term
54/ one term
- Educational Psychology
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Through this course, students master the basic principles of educational psychology, improve their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in educational psychology, and study the basic philosophy of education.
Main content: introduction to educational psychology; students' physical and intellectual development; students’ learning mentality (acquiring knowledge and applying knowledge, solving problems and cultivating creativity, learning strategies, study motives, etc); teachers’ teaching mentality (teaching design, teaching process, classroom teaching management, etc); psychology of students’ skill cultivation and formation of morality; psychological health of teachers and students; etc.
- Science and Technology
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Grounded in dialectical materialism and scientific, technological and societal concepts, this course introduces the fundamentals of natural science and technological development. Students gain a comprehensive and historical understanding of nature, natural science, the relationship between nature and humans, science and technology, and the influence of technological development on nature.
Main content: introduction to the development of natural science and technology; scientific and technological revolutions throughout human history; development of human society and science and technology; modern technology and human society; technological advances and sustainable development; etc.
- Humanity and Society
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. This course teaches students the basics of the origin and evolution of human society, all facets of social life, the serious problems facing human society, and the basic laws concerning the development of society. It also helps students improve their cultural literacy and ability to analyze and solve problems.
This is a comprehensive liberal arts course encompassing many topics, including: the origin of mankind and human society and the related problems of population, resources and environment; the origin and development of marriage and family, state and state power, social class and stratum, military and war, agriculture and industry, business and trade, religion and customs, literature and arts, and science and technology in the course of human society; the contemporary development of politics, economy, science, technology and culture, etc.
- Curriculum and Teaching Theory
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Its aim is to equip students with the basic principles and methods on curriculum and teaching theory, familiarize them with national and international trends and developments, and enable them to apply the theories and methods learned to solve problems in primary and secondary education.
Main content: the formation of curriculum and teaching theory; basics of curriculum and teaching; course design; objectives of curriculum and teaching; course content; types and structures of courses; implementation of teaching; course management and school-based curriculum development; teaching procedures; teaching modes and methods; ways to organize teaching; teaching media; the art of teaching; course and teaching assessment; modern reforms in curriculum and teaching; etc.
This course combines theory with practice, closely interweaving the study of related theory and methods with the application of reforms in curriculum and teaching in China today.
- Comparative Primary Education
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Through this course, students understand the history and current status of primary education in major countries of the world, learn to conduct comparative research on primary education, grasp the direction of primary education reforms and development worldwide, and seek out patterns of development therein.
Main content: introduction to comparative primary education; evolution of primary education; comparison of systems and circumstances of primary education; the current state and reform of primary education; state and reform of primary education teaching; state and reform of moral education in primary education; primary education administration and reform; and analysis and comparison of primary education in representative countries chosen from each continent.
- Study of Primary Mathematics Teaching
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Through this course, students learn the nature, importance and value of primary math education, understand its research domain, developments and future trends; grasp the basic principles and methods of primary math teaching and learn to apply them in practice; learn to solve problems in primary math teaching with concrete concepts and methods, and analyze events, phenomena and problems in daily teaching; cultivate a student-oriented educational frame of mind and learn how to structure their teaching accordingly.
Main content: purpose of primary math education and teaching; nature of the subject; introduction to primary math learning; teaching procedures; application of major learning theories in primary math teaching; teaching modes and their application; cultivation of motives, attitudes and confidence for learning; instructional analysis of primary math concepts, computation, geometry and problem solving; assessment of primary math teaching, etc.
- Study of Chinese Language Teaching in Primary School
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Its aim is to help students master the basic principles and methods of primary Chinese language teaching, understand the scientific ideology of the subject and master its basic rules, solve problems in practical Chinese language teaching with theories and methods learned, and finally improve their teaching and research ability in primary Chinese language education.
Main content: nature and objectives of primary Chinese language teaching; its tasks and purposes; characteristics of Chinese textbooks; teaching principles; procedures of teaching; methods and tools of teaching; teaching design; teaching assessment; scientific research on primary Chinese language teaching; etc.
This course combines theory with practice, closely linking the study of related theory and methods with the application of reforms in curriculum and teaching in China today.
- Introduction to Arts Studies
This is an optional course for the Primary Education programme. Through the analysis of all genres of art theory, phenomena and rules and a sampling of each genre, this course imbues students with aesthetic experience and pleasure, cultivates their aesthetic knowledge and refines their artistic taste.
Main content: general introduction to art; genres of art; art systems and art appreciation: covering 16 artistic categories including world architecture, sculpture, calligraphy, music, painting, drama, movie, television and photography.
- Introduction to Philosophy
This is an optional course for the Primary Education programme. Based on Marxist philosophy, this course teaches students the meaning, domain and function of general philosophy, the history and present condition of Chinese and western philosophy, basic theories of philosophy, and methods of philosophical thinking. Students learn to train and develop their theoretical thinking skills, and enrich and improve their moral and spiritual state.
Main content: concept of philosophy; brief history of the development of Chinese and western philosophy; ontology; epistemology; ethics; philosophy of history; transformations of philosophy in the contemporary era; etc.
- Mathematics Theory and Methods
This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Students learn the nature and characteristics of mathematics, its research domain and the significance of primary math education; understand modern mathematical thinking patterns closely related to primary math teaching; learn to apply their knowledge to explain phenomena or problems in primary math education and describe how to cultivate students’ mathematical thinking and methods; strive to cultivate students’ mathematical literacy as their foremost teaching goal and structure their educational activity accordingly.
Main content: two origins of mathematical thought and methods; important breakthroughs in mathematical thought and methods; truth in mathematics; developing trends in modern math; deduction and induction; abstraction and generalization; supposition and disproof; computation and arithmetic; application and modeling; mathematical thinking and methods for ability-oriented education; teaching mathematical thinking and methods; case studies in teaching mathematical thinking and methods.
- Instructional Design
This is an optional course for the Primary Education programme. Instructional design is a comprehensive discipline that gradually developed and matured since the 1950's, and is not only a major topic in the study of educational technology, but also an important component of the science of education. Instructional design refers to the process of systematically planning teaching and learning.The course aims to improve teachers’ ability to solve teaching problems with systematic theories and methods; design, develop and assess the proper learning environment, resources and experience for learners; improve teaching ability and create a personalized teaching format; apply communication theory, learning theory and teaching models; design learning objectives, knowledge delivery and teaching strategy using multimedia resources to create an optimal teaching system; learn to assess teaching results and improve teaching activity; improve the ability to link theory with practice and adapt to educational reform and development.
Main content: significance and functions of teaching design; procedural and conceptual models of instructional design; learning needs analysis; learning content analysis; learner analysis; explanation of learning objectives; development and formulation of teaching strategies; selection and combination of teaching media; formative assessment and summative assessment of teaching effectiveness and modification and improvement of teaching; typical examples of instructional design and their analysis.