Over 200 participants join the events


Date: 27 Dec 2013 (Friday)


Renowned scholars share insight on 21st Century approaches to education


Professor Eric Mazur and Dr. Angélica Natera, two inspirational educators from Harvard University, were invited by HKBU’s Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning to share their insight on peer instruction and assessment last week. Co-organised by the Education Bureau, the talks attracted around 200 participants, including Chairman and Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee, Chairman of the Education Commission, senior officials of the Education Bureau and scholars from sister institutions.

In the open lecture entitled “Assessment – the Silent Killer of Learning”, Professor Mazur said, “Assessment nowadays focuses on ranking and classifying, not on developing 21st century skills. That is the reason why students can pass tests but fail in problem solving.” Professor Mazur took the opportunity to encourage teachers to rethink the design of assessment for their students. With a strong conviction that education is not just about transferring information and getting students to do what we do, Professor Mazur introduced the ideas of “peer instruction” and “just-in-time-teaching” to foster active learning in class.

Professor Mazur said that innovation is not something innate and students can be trained to be innovative. He challenged teachers to allow their students to take risks in solving problems by changing the way they assess their students.

兩位美國哈佛大學著名教育家,Eric Mazur 教授和Angélica Natera博士上周應全人教育教與學中心和教育局的邀請,在浸大主講有關同儕學習和評核專題。講座吸引約二百人參與,包括大學教育資助委員會主席和秘書長、教育統籌委員會主席、教育局高級官員和其他大學的學者。

Mazur 教授表示,現時的評核往往聚焦於學生的名次和等級,而不重視發展符合廿一世紀需要的技能,所以學生能通過考試但卻不能解難。他鼓勵教師重新設計評核學生的方法,並推介同儕學習和適時教學,以促進學生在課堂上主動學習。

Mazur 教授說,創意並非與生俱來的,學生可通過學習做到創新。他建議教師改變評核方法,從而容許學生多嘗試解難。