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Research on the Construction of Excellent Classes for College Students in China in the New Era

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Factors Influencing Curriculum Development: International Division Technical Session 4

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Zhi Fang Beihang University

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Zhi Fang is a Ph.D. candidate in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beihang University, Beijing, China. She received M.Ed. in Beihang University, and B.S. in School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Southwest Jiaotong University, China. Her academic and research interests include engineering education, engineering ethics education, educational research and methods.

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Qing Lei Beihang University

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Qing Lei is a professor and the Director of Institute of Higher Education at Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China. He has conducted research as a senior visiting scholar in the School of Education at Indiana University in 2002 and in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, he was the Associate Director of the Dean’s Office, BUAA. He received his Ph.D. in 2003, M.Ed. in 1990, and B.Eng. in 1986 from BUAA. His primary social affiliations include the Director of Chinese Academy of Engineering-BUAA Research Center for Engineering Education, and the consulter as a specialist of Beijing Municipal Government. He also served as the member of the executive committee for International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) from 2006 to 2008.

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Research on the Construction of Excellent Classes for College Students in China in the New Era

As a basic unit for Chinese college students’ self-education, self-management and self-service, class is also a campus management method with Chinese characteristics and the main carrier for construction of school spirit and study style. The rapid development of global economy fuelled by the Internet entails escalating demands for comprehensive and innovative talents with diverse capabilities by the international community. Consequently, to meet the needs of the society, Chinese universities are propelling cultivation of comprehensive and innovative talents, exploring training mechanisms such as general enrollment, credit system and collegiate system. At present, college students are identifying their personal development goals according to the social needs and their personal characteristics and preferences, generating diversified demands for higher education. However, failing to meet the current demands, the traditional class model faces multiple problems such as poorly organized classes, team-spirit-absent students, negative guiding effect and bad style of study. In view of the existing drawbacks, based on K. Lewin's group dynamics, this paper analyzes the characteristics of four excellent classes in Chinese colleges by means of literature research and multi-case study, providing reference for the construction of excellent class for college students in the new era.

Fang, Z., & Lei, Q. (2020, June), Research on the Construction of Excellent Classes for College Students in China in the New Era Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35151

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