LIU Yufei (China)Postgraduate student, Beijing Normal University
LIU Yufei states there is a gap between what students acquire through education and the demands of society, and the present teaching partly fails to get learners fully prepared to cope with the education crisis in the future, which calls on the efforts of both schools and the whole society. According to the survey of Guangming Daily in 2019, the professional counterparts rate of Chinese college students is just 60%, which means 4 of 10 college students will enter an area which is unrelated to what they’ve learned for 4 years when they graduate. The purpose of education is to cultivate all kinds of talents for the society and support individuals’ wellbeing and professional development in the workplace. Individuals who enter the workforce with better flexible, active, and autonomous learning and practicing skills which make themselves keep abreast of the changing world will see benefits.
Liu shared her own experience in teaching to further illustrate this point. This summer holiday, she worked as a voluntary English teacher for three classes of 1st grade students in senior high school and organized a course called spoken English and English dubbing following what she learned in relevant pedagogy courses. Even so, she quickly realized that the same pattern could not cover all the situations because these three classes shared different numbers of students with different learning styles, classroom climates and English proficiency. Positive learning feedback has been seen in two classes but Class Three is an exception. She then proposed that Outcome-based Education (OBE) could provide much guidance and enlightenments to systematically rethink and redesign the learning environment from the perspectives of teaching objectives, teaching contents and teaching evaluation, so as to promote students’ flexible, active and autonomous learning and improve their comprehensive abilities needed by the future society. As for the expectations for the future education, Liu looks forward to a world where flexible, active and autonomous learning is better achieved, high-quality education is more available and equal access to education is highly guaranteed.