Honors College Held the Last 2017-2018 Fulbright Program Short-term Expert Lecture
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At 4pm of December 12th, Honors College held the last Fulbright Program Short-term Expert Lecture in Room 315, Xuehai building. The subject of lecture is ‘studying in the United States: academic culture of American universities’. The lecture was given by Professor Christopher Leslie, and he introduced students the culture of learning in America.
After a brief introduction to the origin of Fulbright Program, the professor indicated that he wanted to be a natural science teacher when he was young. His teacher recommended him a book named ‘teaching as a subversive activity’, which had a profound impact on him. He also quoted a sentence by his favorite educator John Dewey – ‘Methods and Contents are not separate from each other; in education, methods are important.’
Then he illustrated more on critical thinking, pointing out that American classes pay much attention to students’ participation, students are assigned certain tasks in almost every class. In study, students are always the most important. The professor also stressed the significance of thinking and he displayed a flow chart of study: memorize, understand, apply, analyze, criticize and create. Only by thinking can we promote study, and he used the process of learning a poem to demonstrate this point.
Additionally, the professor stated that American classes emphasize diversity and tolerance. They encourage diversity in thoughts, disciplines, races, genders, etc. He talked a little about stereotypes regarding women, and discussed the phenomenon of gender distribution in STEM field.
At last, he introduced students the process, standards and precautions when applying for American universities for further education. He also recommended some resources for study and communication. In the Questions and Answers section, he solved some puzzles posed by students. This lecture benefited those who want to go abroad for further study a lot.