JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2015, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (5): 95-104.DOI: 10.13766/j.bhsk.1008-2204.2015.0012

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Reform and Concept Innovation of Harvard General Education:Report of the Task Force on General Education

General Education1, Luo Min2   

  1. 1. Harvard University, Cambridge 02138, USA;
    2. Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2015-01-07 Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-09-25


Report of the Task Force on General Education is divided into five parts: reason and goals for General Education, General Education Curriculum, activity-based learning and implementation. In the endless changing world, General Education should make connection between the knowledge which learnt by students and the reality world outside the college, to make students get abilities of culture, arts, and moral judgments, and get ready to participate in public affairs. So a new General Education Curriculum should be made, which should be set up in eight domains as follows: aesthetic and interpretive understanding, culture and belief, empirical reasoning, ethical reasoning, science of living systems, Science of physical universe, societies of the world, The United States in the world. Besides the curriculums, initiative to learning should be trained in extracurricular activities. In the administer level, the university should set up a new General Education Committee to support general education from more fields.

Key words: general education, general education curriculum, public sphere, public affairs, education reform

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