High School Geography Curriculum Reform in China

Authors: Yushan Duan*, East China Normal University
Topics: Geography Education, Asia, China
Keywords: geography reform, key competences, performance levels, geography education, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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High school geography curriculum reform in China is one of the most important issues in geography education. The revision of geography standard for high school has been completed now, and it stands for the beginning of the whole geography curriculum reform in China. The fundamental problem we need to solve is to transform the knowledge input into knowledge output, application and creation. After more than three years’ investigation in urban and rural areas in China, we analyzed mass data and had deep discussions with researchers and middle school teachers. The result of our study suggests that the new geography standards put more emphasis on cultivating students’ geographic key competences. Geographical key competences include sense of man-nature harmonization, holistic thinking, regional recognition and geographic practical skills, and they have three dimensions which we name as basic values, basic ideas and methods, basic activity experience. Furthermore, each competence is classified into five performance levels from simple to complex in terms of student cognitive process.

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