Project Details

Cultivating Students’ Global Perspectives through Course Design with an Emphasis on the Affective Aspect of Learning

The global challenges of our century underscore the need for students to be able to value diverse cultures and perspectives, empathise and work with others dramatically different from themselves and solve problems that transcend national borders. While the academic departments at EdUHK are being strongly encouraged to enhance their courses to cultivate students’ global perspectives, some lecturers remain uncertain about how to achieve this goal meaningfully. This TDG addresses an urgent need of empowering lecturers to improve their understanding of global perspectives and facilitate their reflection on appropriate course design and successful delivery. Over the past decade, the "affective turn" (Clough, 2007) in social sciences and the humanities has resulted in educational applications that show how emotional responses and sensory perceptions can maximize affective engagement in the classroom (e.g. Cavanagh, 2016). This project proposes that the integration of such an approach with internationalisation of the curriculum can effectively cultivate students' global perspectives, which includes not only knowledge of different cultures, societies and global issues but also affective attributes conducive to intercultural empathy, efficacy, and tolerance. The project will develop an instructional framework for cultivating students’ global perspectives. It will demonstrate the impact that a due emphasis on the affective aspect of learning has on students' development of intercultural competence (including knowledge and attitudes). Finally, the project will develop case studies and other resources highlighting the participating lecturers’ best pedagogical practices. This cross-disciplinary project will include team members from nine departments across all three faculties, including five Teaching Award recipients, together with two external Co-Ss from North America specialising in cultural psychology and global citizenship education.

Commencement Date : 2020/11
Completion Date : 2022/4
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr BUCHTEL, Emma Ellen Kathrina 蒲安梅 [CPH,PS]
Dr CHATELIER, Stephen Eric [IE]
Prof YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉 [LCS,VP(AC)&Pr]
Co-Investigator(s) : Dr BANERJEE, Bidisha [LCS]
Dr CHOW, Sin Yin Alice 鄒倩賢 [SSC]
HO WAI YIP 何偉業 #
Dr NG, Fung Sheung Isabella 伍鳳嫦 [APS]
Dr MATSUNOBU, Koji 松信浩二 [CCA]
Dr BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar [EPL]
Dr HUI, King Fai Sammy 許景輝 [C&I,VP(AC)&Pr]
THIER, Michael *
Keyword(s) : Internationalizing the curriculum   Affectively engaging pedagogical activities   Intercultural competence   Global perspectives  

*Investigator from an outside institution/organization
#Investigator who had served in EdUHK

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