Understanding and Improving Students' Learning: A Dialogure Between Confucian and Socratic Approaches

Lecture | Dr. Jinfa Cai | 12:30-2:00pm, Sept 23, 2016 | Rm 22, Education Building


The focus of this presentation will be on the discussion of some insights from a series of cross-national comparative studies involving Chinese and U.S. students.  These insights include: (1) Having computational and routine problem-solving skills does not necessarily imply having non-routine, creative problem solving skills; (2) Concrete experiences do not automatically lead to generalization and conceptual understanding; (3) Problem-based mathematics instruction has a positive impact on students’ attitudes toward mathematics and achievement; and (4) Teachers are at the heart of improving students’ learning, but adequate support must take place.  I will situate the discussion of the insights in a dialogue between Confucian and Socratic Approaches. 

Speaker's Bio: As an internationally renowned scholar in the field of Mathematical Sciences Dr. Jinfa Cai is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of Secondary Math Teacher Education at the University of Delaware. He is a Fellow of American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), the top research journal in mathematics education around the globe. He is interested in how students learn mathematics and solve problems as well as how teachers can provide and create learning environments so that students can make sense of mathematics

2016 Confucius Day Series: JXNU Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibit

Exhibition | Faculty members from Jiangxi Normal University | Sep 23-Oct 2, 2016 | Spurlock Museum


The artworks exhibited were created by faculty members of the College of Fine Arts, Jiangxi Normal University, the CI-UIUC's partner institution. All artists are well-established in their fields in China.

Chinese Acupuncture 

Lecture | Professor Xiaoyan Qian| May 14, 2015 | Asian American Cultural Center


Traditional Chinese Medicine TCMis an important part of the Chinese culture. In recent years, natural treatment has been drawing increasing attention. Therefore, acupuncture, as an important part of TCM, and an effective, safe, widely applicable natural treatment, has been accepted by more and more countries, leading to an “acupuncture craze” around the world. There are more than 160 countries accept this method. The WHO recognizes that acupuncture can treat more than 100 common disorders. The number of people that already adopted TCM treatment has accounted for nearly 70% of the world’s population. This lecture mainly introduces how the acupuncture treatment regulate and stimulate the flow of Qi and blood in channel systems to cure diseases based on the conduction of the points and channels of human body, and these could effectively improve the understanding of TCM.

Speaker's Bio: Qian Xiaoyan is a professor of Medical College in Xiamen University, a member of the Translation Branch of China Association of TCM, the Clinical Branch of China Association of Acupuncture and Cosmetology Branch of Fujian Association of TCM, a council member of Fujian Association of Acupuncture, and the vice-chairman of Xiamen Association of Acupuncture. She has been engaged in TCM acupuncture teaching and clinical practice for about 30 years. She teaches Acupuncture, Basic Theory of TCM, TCM Cosmetology and health cultivation, and is responsible for TCM international exchange and cooperation. She has been selected into the International Cooperation and Exchange Expert Database by State Administration of TCM. She has been to many countries where she gave lectures and had clinical work, undertook part-time professor and advisor in local medical colleges.