Academy of Future Education

1. Problem-based learning into the future: Imagining an agile PBL ecology for learning

Author:Kek,Megan Yih Chyn A.;Huijser,Henk

Source:Problem-Based Learning into the Future: Imagining an Agile PBL Ecology for Learning,2016,Vol.

Abstract:© Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017. In this book we respond to a higher education environment that is on the verge of profound changes by imagining an evolving and agile problem-based learning ecology for learning. The goal of doing so is to humanise university education by pursuing innovative approaches to student learning, teaching, curricula, assessment, and professional learning, and to employ interdisciplinary methods that go far beyond institutional walls and include student development and support, curriculum sustainability, research and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as administration and leadership. An agile problem-based learning (PBL) ecology for learning deliberately blurs the boundaries between disciplines, between students and teachers, between students and employers, between employers and teachers, between academics and professional staff, between formal and informal learning, and between teaching and research. It is based on the recognition that all of these elements are interconnected and constantly evolving, rather than being discrete and static. Throughout this book, our central argument is that there is no single person who is responsible for educating students. Rather, it is everyone’s responsibility - teachers, students, employers, administrators, and wider social networks, inside and outside of the university. Agile PBL is about making connections, rather than erecting barriers. In summary, this book is not about maintaining comfort zones, but rather about becoming comfortable with discomfort. The actual implementation is beyond the scope of this book and we envisage that changing perceptions towards this vision will itself be a mammoth task. However, we believe that the alternative of leaving things as they are would ultimately prove untenable, and more distressingly, would leave a generation of students afraid to think, feel, and act for themselves, let alone being able to face the challenges of the 21st century.
2. Exploring the Micro-Foundation of Resource-Based View: The Role of Leadership in Organizational Resource Acquisition

Author:Zhang Lin ;Zhang Xiaojun;Xi Youmin

Source:Science & Technology Progress and Policy,2016,Vol.33

Abstract:Based on resource -based view ,resource dependence theory ,entrepreneurship research ,dynamic capabilities , and other related theories ,we divided organizational resource acquisition into three stages and developed eight leader's in-fluence ways in each stage respectively .The framework we proposed provides a micro-foundation of resource-based view and contributes to understanding of leadership effectiveness .
3. Chinese EFL academics' perceptions of research quality: a phenomenological study

Author:Xie, JM;Postlethwaite, K


Abstract:This paper explores how Chinese academics, working in the field of English as Foreign Language Education in universities in China, conceptualise research quality. The paper uses a phenomenological approach and four qualitative methods (survey, interview, focus groups and document analysis) to investigate what a sample of these scholars perceive as high-quality research. We found that the participants viewed quality through various lenses and identified several different criteria. We categorised their elaboration of the criteria under three headings: methodology, contextualisation and impact. The participants nominated many general criteria that were similar to western standards of research quality, especially in relation to methodology; however, some contextual criteria were specific to the Chinese context. The paper indicates that there is much in the university research community that could be altered to enable people who are directly involved in research to disseminate their criteria for research quality, and potentially to affect and develop the quality of educational research in the Chinese context, and/or elsewhere.
4. Contorted leadership in Chinese hierarchically oriented context How social governance influences organizational leaders

Author:Zhang, L;Zhang, XJ


Abstract:Purpose - The aim of this research is to explore the behavioral model of Chinese organizational leaders acquiring resources for the development of their organizations under the influence of hierarchically oriented social governance. Design/methodology/approach - The paper compares the differences between Western and Chinese contexts and conducts a grounded multi-case study to explore leadership behavioral model in the Chinese context. Findings - First, the Chinese social governance structure is hierarchically oriented, whereas the Western social governance structure is market oriented. Second, this unique inconformity found in the Chinese organizational leaders as contorted leadership, which refers to the inconsistency between leaders' cognition and their behavior when acquiring resources for the development of their organizations, is defined. Third, the conflict between leaders' cognition and behaviors is caused by the social governance mechanism within which leaders are embedded. Research limitations/implications - The authors have just made a first step to understand contorted leadership in the Chinese context, further researches should pay more attention to exploring the origins, functions and impacts of leaders' contorted behaviors. Originality/value - First, leadership is linked with social governance by emphasizing on the core role of social governance in allocating the resources which organizational leaders scramble for. Second, a new kind of leadership -contorted leadership - in the Chinese context that emphasizes on the contradiction between leaders' cognition and behavior, which deepens the understanding of leadership contextualization, is identified.
5. 以学生为中心的育人体系——西交利物浦大学人才培养模式案例分析


Source:World Education Information,2014,Vol.27

6. The temporal dynamics of first and second language processing: ERPs to spoken words in Mandarin-English bilinguals

Author:Xue, J;Li, BB;Yan, R;Gruen, JR;Feng, TL;Joanisse, MF;Malins, JG


Abstract:The dynamics of bilingual spoken word recognition remain poorly characterized, especially for individuals who speak two languages that are highly dissimilar in their phonological and morphological structure. The present study compared first language (L1) and second language (L2) spoken word processing within a group of adult Mandarin-English bilinguals (N = 34; ages 18-25). Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded while participants completed the same cross-modal matching task separately in their L1 Mandarin and L2 English. This task consisted of deciding whether spoken words matched pictures of items. Pictures and spoken words either matched (e.g., Mandarin: TANG2-tang2; English: BELL-bell), or differed in word-initial phonemes (e.g., Mandarin: TANG2-lang2; English: BELL-shell), word-final phonemes (e.g., Mandarin: TANG2-tao2; English: BELL-bed), or whole words (e.g., Mandarin: TANG2-xia1: English: BELL-ham). Each mismatch type was associated with a pattern of modulation of the Phonological Mapping Negativity, the N400, and the Late N400 that was distinct from those of the other mismatch types yet similar between the two languages. This was interpreted as evidence of incremental processing with similar temporal dynamics in both languages. These findings support models of spoken word recognition in bilingual individuals that adopt an interactive-activation framework for both L1 and L2 processing.
7. Does Language Background Have an Effect on the Development of Psychological Well-Being During College?

Author:Liu, JJ;Pascarella, ET


8. Network Cooperation Mode Driven by Self-Awareness of Roles and Two Types of Institutions:A Grounded Research on A University

Author:Liang Chaogao;Xi Youmin;Zhang Xiaojun;Zhang Jingbo;Xu Siqi

Source:Science of Science and Management of S.& T.,2019,Vol.40

Abstract:The persistent problem of administrative tendency in universities is regaining attentions in the context of innovative transformation and 'Double First-class' project.Based on the grounded research on A university,this paper finds that internal network cooperation is a process of multi-directional organizing based on connecting nodes directly,which is triggered by projects,tasks or problems raised by organizational members.Self-awareness of roles,assuring and cultivating institutions are the key drivers facilitating the network cooperation;self-awareness of roles renews these institutions,which in turn reinforce the self-awareness of roles.In addition,the institutions need to be maintained by a participatory governance structure,and the self-awareness of roles need another two drivers,namely mutual understanding and symbiotic development among members.At the end of the paper is a discussion and comparison between the ideal bureaucratic organization and internal network organization.
9. Teaching for the future: a transnational university practice

Author:Wang, Q;Liu, JJ

Source:ON THE HORIZON,2020,Vol.28

Abstract:Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore an innovative teaching design to teach accounting management that aims to foster students' technical and soft skills. The effectiveness of this new teaching design addresses current concerns for universities preparing students for the future. Design/methodology/approach The paper deploys the qualitative research methodology and applies multiple methods to gather data in a case study. The researchers collected data through pre- and post-surveys of individual students, three half-day observations on the five project teams and a one-hour long semi-structured interview with a focus group. Findings Five themes emerged in the research to support the effectiveness of the new teaching design. The study also showed that students' abilities in self-directed learning (SDL) link to their learning experiences. When students were more capable of initiating learning, such ability enriched their practices of soft skills in the team setting. Originality/value This empirical research extends current knowledge of teaching soft skills and calls for action on the development of students' SDL abilities.
10. Intrusive Psychological Control and Children's Behaviors in Chinese Multigenerational Families: Role of Children's Temperamental Reactivity

Author:Gao, X;Yan, R;Fang, X;Xing, SF


Abstract:The coparenting between grandparents and parents is increasingly prevalent in Chinese society. Based on the family system theory and the differential susceptibility model, the current study examined (a) the relative associations of maternal and grandparental psychological control with children's behavioral problems; (b) the interactive effects of maternal and grandparental psychological control on children's behavioral problems; and (c) the moderation role of children's temperamental reactivity. The sample included 241 Chinese multigenerational families with preschool children (130 boys, M-age = 4.88 years, SD = 1.04). Mothers and grandparents reported their psychological control and children's behavioral problems. Mothers also rated children's temperamental reactivity. The results showed that only maternal psychological control was uniquely associated with more children's behavioral problems. There was no interaction between maternal and grandparental psychological control. However, children's temperamental reactivity moderated associations between grandparental psychological control and children's behavioral problems. Specifically, grandparental psychological control was positively linked to children's behavioral problems only for highly reactive children. This finding highlighted the susceptibility of children with high reactivity to grandparental psychological control, raising the possibility of targeted interventions to facilitate children's development.
11. "Context" in the Leadership Studies: Content, Method and Direction for Future Research

Author:LI Lei;XI You-min;GE Ging;LI Peng-fei;ZHANG Xiao-jun;LI Gui-quan

Source:Journal of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management,2013,Vol.27

Abstract:Context has been paid more and more attention in leadership studies for its effects on leadership behavior and outcomes. A series of key questions have not been answered clearly. For instance, what is the "context" of leadership? Why do scholars must consider context in leadership research? How do scholars analyze context in existing leadership studies? What improvement should scholars do in future research? This article reviews the leadership literature with context consideration in last twenty years in order to clearly answer the above-mentioned questions. This paper firstly discusses different contexts and the necessity of context consideration in leadership research. We define "context of leadership" as the set of factors surrounding the leadership phenomenon or process that exerts some direct or indirect influence on it. Context contains internal (e. g. , interaction, organizational culture and climate) and external ( e. g. , location, sector, policy) situations. We also give a systematic elaboration for the necessity of context consideration in two aspects: ( 1 ) context is a key element in leadership research, and (2) leadership research should study in-depth the indigenous environment. We then discuss the content and examine methods of studying leadership context in-depth and systematically. The content of leadership context is very extensive in existing studies that include internal context, such as organizational structure, culture, climate, statue, life cycle, mode of governance, policy and goals, and external context, such as religious culture, national culture, social situation and institutional environment. However, there are two major limitations : ( 1 ) current research pay more attention to the effects of lower-level internal context on leadership phenomenon or process than higher-level external context, and (2) current research is granular and fragmented in which comprehensive consideration of different contexts or different levels of context and their effects on leadership phenomenon or process are not sufficient. We discuss the analytical method of leadership context in two ways: contextualizing theory and theorizing about context, and find that studies with these two methods contain rich information. This study has two major limitations. First, in contextualizing research leadership contexts are usually treated as variables and their moderating effects on the relationship between other variables in leadership phenomenon are tested. Thus, a great deal of proposed leadership theories are tested and modified ceaselessly, and such situation is likely to cause a slow development of leadership theory. Second, in context theorizing research leadership contexts are also usually treated as variables and their direct effects on other variables in leadership phenomenon are tested. Unfortunately, more complex context theorizing studies about the effect mechanism of multiple contextual factors on leadership phenomenon are still somewhat rare.
12. 人工智能专业人才培养范式亟须革新



Abstract:随着新工科建设走向深入,人工智能专业成为当前高校新兴专业建设的重点之一。2019 年 3 月,教育部批准首批 35 所高校新增"人工智能"本科专业。在日前教育部最新公布的新增备案本科专业名单中,180所高校新增人工智能专业。可以说,人工智能专业的布局已初具规模。接下来的问题是如何建设好这些人工智能专业,让新工科之"新"在专业建设中落地。笔者认为,人工智能专业的建设,需要遵循新工科建设的基本理念,瞄准未来社会对人工智能人才的需求,从专
13. Equipment Procurement Quality Management on the Basis of HeXie Management Theory

Author:ZHANG Xiao-jun;XI You-min;MAO Jing-li

Source:Journal of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management,2012,Vol.26

Abstract:Quality management is critical to the effectiveness of equipment procurement process. Equipment procurement quality management (EPQM) refers to activities of controlling equipment buyers in processes, such as demand reasoning, competitive bidding, manufacturing, supervision, motivation, and assessment. Understanding equipment quality of producers and buyers, and their behaviors can help control the equipment quality. EPQM is a complex topic because equipment sourcing is susceptible to changes in political environment, market, technology innovation, laws and regulations, equipment producing alliance, and internal organizing mechanism of equipment buyers. The high degree of complexity makes it very difficult for equipment buyers to control equipment quality through extant quality management methods.
14. What Is the Role of Local Leaders in Responding to Uncertainties? A Grounded Theory based Study on Mr. Shi Wang

Author:ZHANG Xiaofeng;XI Youmin;ZHANG Xiaojun

Source:Chinese Journal of Management,2015,Vol.12

15. Let's Talk Learning Analytics: A Framework for Implementation in Relation to Student Retention

Author:West, D;Heath, D;Huijser, H

Source:ONLINE LEARNING,2016,Vol.20

Abstract:This paper presents a dialogical tool for the advancement of learning analytics implementation for student retention in Higher Education institutions. The framework was developed as an outcome of a project commissioned and funded by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching. The project took a mixed-method approach including a survey at the institutional level (n = 24), a survey of individual teaching staff and other academics with an interest in student retention (n = 353), and a series of interviews (n = 23). Following the collection and analysis of these data an initial version of the framework was developed and presented at a National Forum attended by 148 colleagues from 43 different institutions. Participants at the forum were invited to provide commentary on the usefulness and composition of the framework which was subsequently updated to reflect this feedback. Ultimately, it is envisaged that such a framework might offer institutions an accessible and concise tool to structure and systematize discussion about how learning analytics might be implemented for student retention in their own context.
16. 《早期外语学习与教师教育》评介



Abstract:儿童外语教学实践发展迅速,但相关教师教育研究存在明显不足。澳大利亚学者S. Zein和英国学者S. Garton于2019年出版的《早期外语学习与教师教育》(Early Language Learning and Teacher Education:International Research and Practice)在一定程度上弥补了这一缺憾。该书介绍了国际上儿童外语教师教育的最新研究进展,并从教师学习的复杂性、教师学习的具体策略、教师培训策略以及教师知识和评价等维度深化了学界对儿童外语教师教育的认识,对我国开展相关研究具有重要启示。
17. Media Coverage and Stock Returns: Evidence from Chinese Cross-Listed Firms


Source:Experiences and Challenges in the Development of the Chinese Capital Market,2015,Vol.

18. 特立独行的和谐教育之旅:基于西交利物浦大学探索的理论启示


Source:World Education Information,2021,Vol.34

19. Resource Acquisition of Leaders:Theoretical Analysis Base on institutional Theory , Resource-Based View and Leadership Theory



Abstract:  Based on institutional theory and resource-based view,we explain how leaders acquire resource for the enterprise.With three open questions—what is the institutional context; what is the key resource; how leaders acquire the resource—we built a framework of leaders’ resource acquisition connecting three levels: institutional,organizational,and individual.And then,we use the framework to analyze the unique characteristic of resource acquisition of Chinese indigenous leaders.By exploring the process of how leaders acquire resource,we make a contribution to the leadership research.In addition,the uniqueness of indigenous leaders’ resource acquisition illustrates the necessity of indigenous management research.
20. 双重理性领导:中国二元制度环境中的独特领导类型



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