Dr. Sharpe from Canada's Victoria University Accepts the Invitation to

Date:2012-03-14     Source:     Author:     Typeface:Big Middle Small

On November 22-23, 2011, Dr. Sharpe, from Victoria University in Canada, accepted the invitation from the International Exchange Department to present a lecture on: “Canada's Elementary Education” and; “A Survey of Canada's Pre-K Education”. The lectures were hosted by Kunming University's Elementary and Secondary Teachers' Continuing Education Center for training classes of Kunming City's elementary and middle school principals as well as provincial kindergarten principals. These lectures were colorful and engaging and received a warm response from the scholars in attendance.

    The Continuing Education Center's intention in providing these lectures was to broaden the horizons and improve the academic principles of the students. Through the leadership of Vice-President Li Xiang and support from the International Exchange Department, the approximate dates originally set for these lectures (November 22-23) were finalized with Dr. Sharpe for holding them. These two lectures were based on Dr. Sharpe's own extensive experience in: education research, education management and consulting work, and management research; including fourteen years of involvement with education in China and half a lifetime of experience. Using numerous vivid examples, Dr. Sharpe presented a comprehensive introduction to Canada's: elementary education, pre-K education, leadership techniques, and academic principles. Through contrastive analysis of Chinese and Canadian education, Dr. Sharpe emphasized the basic aims of education as: cultivating students' morals, and improving their ability to relate well in society. He pointed out the burden of responsibility being born by those present: to change students, to change students' families, and thereby contributing to change in the entire society. He proposed that each school should aim to be a place which every student fondly remembers for the rest of their lives, ultimately leading them to love learning and to persevere in this noble pursuit.

    Dr. Sharpe's lecture method was linked to a Canadian educational principle. In his words, borrowed from Einstein: “I don't want to fill your mind with facts, but to help you experience knowledge!” The lectures' style was fresh and original, humorous and interesting, earning frequent applause from the audience. After the lectures, the scholars expressed their view that this type of lecture is appropriate for meeting the current pressing needs of education reform and shared how they had been influenced and inspired by the content. They recommitted themselves to their vocation as kindergarten principals or elementary or secondary school leaders, and left with strengthened resolve and faith for education reform