Dr. Li-Ching Ho from UW-Madison gave lectures at NEI of NNU
On the afternoon of 10th -11th December, 2019, Dr. Li-Ching Ho, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the UW Madison and Faculty Co-Director of Global Engagement Office of School Education, gave two lectures on “Cultivating Sprouts of Benevolence: The Starting Point for Curriculum in Civic and Multicultural Education” and “Publishing international Journals” in the Conference Room 404 of Tianjiabing south building, Nanjing Normal University's Suiyuan Campus. The lectures were chaired by Professor Ye Fei and Yan Xu-lei, with Luo Wei, a visiting scholar from Cambridge University, as an interpreter. Professor Feng Jianjun, the Director of the Institute of Moral Education, Yan Xulei, Sun Caiping, Le Xianlian and some graduate students from the Institute of Moral Education attended the lectures.
In the first lecture, Dr. Li-Ching Ho discussed particularly the core issue of "How can we live together justly?" and the importance of "benevolence" in civil society and how to effectively integrate "benevolence" into civic education curriculum. Firstly, Dr. Ho expounded that “benevolence” is extremely important to a good life, and it is the foundation of how young people become good people and how to better participate in social life. Therefore, fostering the idea of "benevolence" requires the emotional nourishment of students, and a reasonable and just society must also make an emotional commitment to people. Then, She explained that people should talk and cooperate with each other in a multicultural society. The civic education curriculum should teach students to use "emotion" to think, and design "benevolence", "emotion", and "compassion" Lessons, with listening to the voices of others, it would be possible to respond to life better. Finally, Dr. Li-Ching Ho summarized that cultivating "benevolence" is not only the focus of civic education courses, but also the starting point of civic education courses. The goal of civic courses is not limited to emotions, but more to guide students to learn to deal with the problems in real situations.
In the second lecture, Dr. Li-Ching Ho firstly introduced some important international journals, and then explained in detail how to organize the paper and how to present the research questions, literature review, the argumentation process, and how to respond to the editor letter. Teachers and graduate students had a lively discussion with Dr. Li-Ching Ho about the content of the lecture, and they all benefited greatly from the lecture. Finally, Professor Yan Xulei summarized the lecture and shew sincere gratitude to Dr. Li-Ching Ho, and also hoped that teachers and students should have a long-term perspective to participate in international academic exchanges.