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Monday, June 29 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
12 PM EDT: Learning to Be One’s Self or A Specialist: A Case Study of Liberal Arts Education in a Chinese College

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Is learning to be one’s self or a specialist? To answer this question, this study first overviews the sociocultural contextualization of liberal arts education in Chinese history, and finds out that the ultimate goal of it is learning for one’s self. To understand the current situation, in-depth interviews and questionnaires were conducted among 40 art communication majors in Beijing Dance Academy. The results show that most students have high expectations on liberal arts education. However, the mission of liberal arts education is vague and the benefit is invisible and there is lack of relevant resources. Meanwhile, utilitarianism is penetrated into Chinese education. Consequently, they make more efforts on their specialization, which may enhance their overall competitiveness in the job market. In fact, vocational training and liberal arts education are interconnected and integral parts of college learning. Future implications for the research are also included.

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Yan Ma, Beijing Dance Academy, Associate Professor

Yan Ma is an associate professor from department of art communication, Beijing Dance Academy. He holds his Master of Education degree from Flinders University, Australia. He used to work in the US and UK and he is interested in liberal arts education, international comparative education... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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