Trans-Disciplinary Education on Society-Humanity-Science(SHS)－ Cultivation for the Competence of Cross-Boundary Problem-Based Learning in Colleges
Education on Society-Humanity-Science(SHS)－ Cultivation for the
Competence of Cross-Boundary Problem-Based Learning in Colleges
“multi-disciplinary” and “inter-disciplinary” studies, trans-disciplinary
one focuses on problem-solving ability based on different expertise and
specialties in different fields that include political, business,
management, and scientific studies etc.. This is exactly what is missing in
present education in Taiwan. With training of trans-disciplinary thinking as
well as action and problem-based practice, it’s expected that trained
students would be able to solve problems and do thinking with
trans-disciplinary perspectives, while the training program serves as an
educational platform for both teachers and students to engage in local and
global critical issues.
The SHS program aims at the
development and innovations for trans-disciplinary educational curricula and
activities in the context of higher education. “Trans-disciplinarity” as a
key concept for this educational program refers mainly to “learning by
doing” approaches toward real world problems which require cross
professional expertise or specialties in the disciplines such as political,
business, management, and scientific studies. The program office endeavors
to provide teachers and students with a platform to create their learning
environments as well as opportunities for their ideas in Trans-disciplinary
education (TDE). It’s expected that trained students will be able to adopt
critical and inquiring thinking as well as the hands-on experience with
trans-disciplinary perspectives, particularly with engagement in learning to
solve important or critical issues which are either local or global.
This four-year SHS program
will be implemented through the operation of five sub-offices:
1. Promotion Office for
Curricular Innovations in TDE
This office serves to review and
evaluate courses, or school programs developed by nation-wide colleges.
2. Office for Internet
Multimedia Service and Communication
This office serves for the production
of program outcomes through internet and communications.
3. Master Academy
A one-week summer academy aims to set
up an internationally known learning arena for TDE, inspiring and training
students and teachers with designed scenario of “learning by doing” through
competition or interactive training.
4. Regional Promotion
The promotion centers are responsible
for cross-school and cross-region activities including workshops, symposia,
or competitions that may serve to excel the learning performance for
communications in TDE.
5. Office for teaching
and learning development within Trans-disciplinary Education.
This Office aims at providing faculty
members, who intend to engage in trans-disciplinary education, a platform
and helping them to have an in-depth understanding of trans-disciplinarity
for curriculum design. In order to attain this objective, this office
arranges workshops and edits a digital book for self-learning. Through
exercises and discussions, participants can bring up some curricular
innovations for improving their own course design skills.
Through the campaign of the SHS
program, we determine to identify the Taiwanese paradigm in TDE, join the
international community and seek for the collaboration for TDE since we
believe that TDE fits the frontier trend of education in the 21st century.
1. Infrastructure in Higher Education:
Communities and environments for trans-disciplinary studies will be created
as a result of this project.
excellent listening, speaking, reading, writing abilities and interactive
communication will be developed. Problem-oriented learning and action
research programs will thus prepare undergraduate and graduate students to
face and solve real problems.
3. Teacher training:
professional forum established by the project, more than ever before,
faculty members will grow concerned and willing to participate in
4. Teaching resources:
serve as demonstration of trans-disciplinary education and training, while
examples serve as references for curricular improvements.
5. Sustainable development:
collaboration from industry can be used to turn master academy into an
everlasting developing program.