Saint Martin's education professor fills gap in China's education system with new textbook
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Lacey - In China, students of all ages study math,
with excellent results. But traditionally, they aren’t introduced to
science until reaching middle school. The Chinese want to change all
that. They will begin the process of overhauling the curriculum of
elementary schoolers to include science with the help of a newly
published textbook, primarily authored by Saint Martin’s College
education faculty member Huabin Chen.
The 230,000-word textbook, “The Theory of Elementary
Science Teaching Methods,” published by the Chinese Higher Education
Pressing House, is being adopted by all Chinese universities and
colleges for all students majoring in elementary education, Chen says.
As they graduate, education students will then begin
teaching the science curriculum in the country’s schools. The goal, says
Chen, is to launch science education for all students in the country’s
public elementary schools. Chen, the method book’s first author, wrote
about 80 percent of the book’s content.
In November, Chen will travel to China to host a
conference of Chinese university education professors, the first step in
the process of implementing the new elementary science curriculum.
“To teach elementary science successfully, you first
must train the university teachers. Then they know how to teach future
teachers,” he said.
Chen, who was invited to write the textbook - written
in Chinese - has a doctorate in science and environmental education from
Indiana University. He is a visiting professor at China’s Najing Normal
University and an advisor to the country’s National Center for School
Curriculum and Text Book Development.
A Saint Martin’s faculty member since 1994 and a
two-time nominee for the college’s outstanding faculty award, he is
director of education technology programs at the college.
Chen began his career in education as a 6th grade
science teacher and high school chemistry teacher in Shanghai, before
teaching at the college level at Shanghai Teachers’ College. He
completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Idaho
State University in 1989. At Saint Martin’s, he teaches education
students a variety of technology and science courses, including
elementary science and elementary mathematics content and methods.
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