Teachers' Update Course 2004 kicks off
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“Developing Reflective Professionals” is the theme of this year’s TUC, which comprises 30 seminars and workshops to explore the various areas: enriching school culture; preparing students for lifelong learning; promoting innovations; and updating subject knowledge. Inaugurating the ceremony were Professor Edmond Ko, CityU Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), and Dr K K Chan, Principal Assistant Secretary (Curriculum Development), Curriculum and Quality Assurance Branch of the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB), HKSAR. TUC is recognized by the EMB as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity for teachers and principals in local secondary schools--- attendance in the TUC can be counted on their training records. EMB recommends that every secondary school teacher acquire 150 CPD hours every three years. TUC will produce more than 8,500 training hours for this year’s participants.
In the opening ceremony, Professor Ko reiterated the importance of a partnership with EMB. “We are proud to see the partnership forged between TUC and EMB. The partnership is a recognition of CityU’s commitment to and achievements in quality education,” said Professor Ko who also took the opportunity to introduce major elements in the teaching and learning culture at CityU, such as the shift from “teaching” to “learning”, evidence-based quality assurance, “whole person” development, and the notion of “ideal graduates”. “
In her speech “How Could Schools Prepare for the New Senior Secondary Curriculum Reform?”, Dr Chan explained the rationale for the proposed switch from the current “5+2” academic structure in secondary education to “3+3”. One major objective of the curriculum reform is to cultivate lifelong learners, who are informed and responsible citizens, and are able to understand contemporary issues that may affect them at personal, community, national and global levels.
Echoing the theme of enhancing collaboration between universities and secondary schools in preparation for the proposed changes, Professor Y S Wong, CityU Vice-President (Administration) and Chairman of Curriculum Development Council, chaired a panel to discuss “The Role of Universities in Curriculum Reform in
“TUC has created a win-win-win situation for students, secondary school teachers, and CityU staff as well,” said Professor Wong. At CityU, academic and professional staff sees TUC as a community service and an effective vehicle to share the latest subject knowledge and teaching experiences with frontline practitioners and administrators of secondary schools. They have learned more about the educational experiences of the future university students and gained insights to improving the effectiveness of curriculum, teaching and assessment. This year some 50 CityU staff members have volunteered to join TUC, offering more than 30 sessions in June and July. Subject content of the sessions will be based on the following topical issues:
Students focused topics: lifelong learning skills, problem based learning (PBL), critical thinking skills, student leadership training, career planning, mediating between self and life etc.
Teachers focused topics: subject updates on optical fibre and optical communication, wireless networking technologies, digital signals, human computer interface design for multimedia systems, Chinese language and literature English poetry, self-access language learning activities, simulated ecological investigation, corporate governance and quality of earnings management etc.
Topics about school management: leadership & financial analysis for school management, action research for school improvement, a whole-school approach for tackling school bullying, and media and communication, etc.
Teachers and principals of secondary schools can become TUC members by applying online at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/tuc. Participants will be able to view their TUC registration results and attendance records online. The application deadline is