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ABOUT ICI

Established in 1999, the Institute of Curriculum and Instruction of East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the Key Research Institutes in Humanities and Social Sciences authorized by the Ministry of Education (MoE). Attached to it are the ECNU National Curriculum Research Center for Basic Education and the Office for the MoE Committee of Social Sciences in Education and Psychology. Professor ZHONG Qiquan, the famous expert in curriculum and instruction, was the first Director of the Institute and now is given the title of Director Emeritus. Professor CUI Yunhuo is the present Director of the Institute, with Professors ZHANG Hua, ZHAO Zhongjian and WU Gangping as Deputy Directors. Professor GAO Wen and Professor WU Gang served as Deputy Director.

Our research centers on the following issues: Internationalization of Curriculum theories, Curriculum Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Subject Specific Pedagogy, Teachers’ Professional Development, Learning Sciences. The Institute has six research centers, including the Center for Curriculum and Instructional Theory, Center for Curriculum Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Center for Subject-specific Pedagogy, Center for Curriculum Development of Teacher Education, Center for Teachers’ Professional Development and the Learning Sciences Center. The Institute issues the journal Global Education and an online journal called Frontiers of Curriculum Study.

The Institute now has a research staff of 10 members. Among them, Professor ZHONG Qiquan is member of the MoE Academy of Social Sciences, Professor CUI Yunhuo is the vice president of the National Curriculum Council, and Professor ZHANG Hua is the present president of the International Association for Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS). Three members of our staff are selected as New-Century Elites by the MoE, four of them become Shuguang Scholars of Shanghai, three of them are Pujiang Scholars of Shanghai, and one was awarded the title of Excellent Young College Teacher of Shanghai. Over 20 famous scholars from around the country have been invited to our institute to work as full-time or part-time research fellows. In the past decade, over 200 doctoral students and 300 postgraduates got their PhD or MA degrees at our institute, ten of them being international students. WU Gang’s, ZHOU Yong’s and LIU Wanhai’s Doctoral Dissertations were nominated for the National Award of Excellent Dissertations. Another 5 dissertations got the Excellent Dissertation Award of Shanghai.

Experts of our institute were authorized to draft important policy papers such as An Outline of China’s Basic Education Curriculum Reform and The Curriculum Standards for Teacher Education. The great contributions the Institute made for China’s educational reform earn it a name of the National Team in the field. The Institute was rated as Excellent in the assessment held by Ministry of Education in 2010. In the ten years since the establishment of the Institute, our researchers published 252 monographs and 1045 articles, won 45 awards of different kinds, and successfully applied for 165 research projects, the total number of research funding being over 15.47 million RMB.

With “International perspective, Professional service, and Team development” as our motto, the Institute is now on its way to becoming an open, creative and internationalized academic institution that works as a think tank and talent source for Chinese government as well as the backbone of China’s curriculum research in the international context.