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A Study on Positioning of Basic Course in Secondary Vocational Schools

Author SuYaRong
Tutor ZhangTong
School Xiamen University
Course Educational Economy and Management
Keywords secondary vocational school basic course positioning
CLC G712
Type Master's thesis
Year 2013
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As a basic part in Chinese educational system, secondary vocational education plays an important role in training and educating students for social secondary (?)ccupations. However, basic course in secondary vocational schools now are confronted with much puzzle and difficulty:curricula and related teachers are becoming more and more marginalized, and exhaustiveness of the occupants both:eachers and students prevails over the class. Therefore, it is necessary to think about the positioning of basic course in secondary vocational schools.As for the relationship between basic course and major course, the thesis argues against the opinion of taking basic course as a serving or subordinate role to major course which would result in loss of students’development in humanity and individuality in second vocational education; meanwhile, the thesis also holds that there exists ambiguity about the perspective of’Good enough "towards basic course. In fact, basic course should taken as the basis of the students’career development and life-time learning.The role of basic course is affirmed from the perspective about values and ideals, its actual implementation however is always simplified or neglected to be utilitarian. This thesis argues that position and positioning of basic course relates to and differentiates from each other. Position could be rationally explained, the establishment of positioning yet needs to be regulated and implemented where specific positioning should be concerned about the backgrounds or conditions including type of schools and relationship between their students and teachers.To find out factors in influencing the positioning of basic course, participants in this study are selected from the School of Agriculture in Zhangzhou and inquired about the current situation of basic course in their school. The opinions of school managers, teachers, students and their parents are illustrated. The problems like students’bad performance in learning, lack of learning motivation and improper learning methods are proved to be existing among those secondary school students. This thesis argues that the reasonable positioning of basic course is more than a rational recognition process but a process of planning and implementing. Based on the findings, the followings are suggested:Firstly, it is urgent for the secondary vocational schools and their teachers to innovate and improve their teaching culture and proficiency, that is, to inspire their students in terms of individual self-consciousness and self-confidence and thus facilitate individual development through education about culture and utility.Secondarily, to deal with the relationship between basic course and major ones as independent and integrating through curriculum construction.Thirdly, to transform their ideas about curriculum and teaching into dialogues between teachers and students about the intrinsic nature of the curriculum through teaching practices.

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