International scholar first visiting professor under Confucius China Studies Program

A joint application between the Bagwell College of Education and the Confucius Institute recently…

Georgia (May 4, 2015) — A joint application between the Bagwell College of Education and the Confucius Institute recently resulted in the first visiting professor at Kennesaw State University under the Confucius China Studies Program.

Dr. Xiangming Chen, professor of education and director of the Center for Qualitative Research in Education at Peking University, offered a series of lectures on Chinese education and qualitative research, as well as co-taught a doctoral class, during her stay which began April 12 and ends May 7.

“Dr. Chen’s major research areas include qualitative research methodology, teacher education and curriculum development, as well as learning and teaching,” said Arlinda Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College. “She has been the team leader for more than 15 national and international research projects on education, especially basic education for poor rural areas in China. She has also worked as a national consultant for many international organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, and UK DFID.”

Dr. Chen obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Human Normal University in 1982; her Master of Arts degree from Beijing Normal University in 1987; and her Master of Education and Ed.D. from Harvard University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. Since 1970, she has worked as a factory worker, a primary and secondary school teacher and a university professor.

“One of her major projects is participatory teacher preparation for the new basic education curriculum reform, which has made great impact on teacher preparation in China,” Dean Eaton said.

Dr. Chen has published 15 books and more than 180 articles on education and research methodology. Her most well known books include: “Qualitative Research Methods and Social Science Research”; “Bridging Praxis and Theory: A Study on Teachers’ Practical Knowledge”; and “Learning and Acting in Participation: A Training Guide on Participatory Approaches.” 

“Her presentations have been very well received by Bagwell College of Education faculty,” said Dr. Binbin Jiang, interim director of Global Engagement and professor of International Education, Leadership and Research.

Dr. Chen became the first international scholar to participate in Eaton’s “Dean’s Speaker Series.” In September 2012, Dean Eaton launched the series to support faculty accomplishments at the national level in an effort to play a major role in helping Kennesaw State become a doctoral research university.

--By Jennifer Hafer

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