Experts attend international forum to discuss the future of curriculum and society


About the future of higher education and society, there are high demands for individuals with multi-talents. Does this truth follow an international trend of curriculum development from differentiation to integration?

1-2 November, the Key Research Base of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, held the 17th Shanghai International Curriculum Forum at ECNU under the theme of “Course Integration from Multiple Perspectives”. Experts, scholars and renowned educators from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, as well as the Chinese regions of Hong Kong and Taiwan, attended the forum to communicate on integrated theories and shared experiences.

The 17th Shanghai International Curriculum Forum is held.

Professor Cui Yunkuo, Director of the Institute of Curriculum and Teaching, delivered a speech on behalf of the forum’s organizers. “The starting point and destination of the course was for the development of each student,” said Cui Yunwei. “Cultivating the younger generation is imperative for shaping a new future.”  

Prof. Susan Drake from Brock University in Canada.

Professor Cui Yunkuo, Director of the Institute of Curriculum and Teaching.

The conference began with the responses to the question: “What is right path to curriculum integration?” Two of the experts started the discussion on comprehensive and interdisciplinary courses with content selection, organization and presentation.  

Prof. Deng Zongyi from UCL.

In the second part of the report, three experts focused on the relationship between core literacy and curriculum integration, as well as the construction, implementation and evaluation of integrated and interdisciplinary courses.

Prof. An Guiqing, Vice Director of the Institute of Curriculum and Teaching.

Prof. Zhou Shuqing from Taipei Municipal University of Education.  

Prof. Luo Xingkai from Guangxi Normal University.

The audience at the forum.  

The third part of the report focused on curriculum integration practices at the classroom level, covering topics such as interdisciplinary teaching methods and the concepts and paths of curriculum design.

Prof. Troy Sadler from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prof. Wu Gangping from the Institute of Curriculum and Teaching.

Prof. Wang Rongsheng from Shanghai Normal University.

The three experts in the fourth part of the report expanded the research agenda to curriculum integration, and examined the realistic applications of curriculum integration from several aspects: the integration of general and vocational courses, the impact of curriculum integration on the professional development of teachers and ways to improve students' learning through such integration.

Prof. Wang Lianghua  from the Institute of Curriculum and Teaching.

Zhuang Xinhui, Vice President of St. Francis' Canossian College in Hongkong.

The experts also affirmed the significance of this international forum at which they expounded on the importance of academic exchange and cooperation for the future of society and higher education. “Although the curriculum reforms of different countries have different backgrounds and cultures, there are many common experiences and our common topics are increasing,” said one scholar.

Translated by Siyuan Zhang    Proofread by Joshua Mayfield    Reviewed by Wenjun Guo


East China Normal University