Conference Day 3 – Friday, October 4, 2019

Concurrent Session 3:
Research on Reciprocal Learning in Teaching & Teacher Education

Concurrent 3A: Teachers’ Personal Inquiries into Canadian & Chinese Education

Ding Ding talked about what she had learned from engaging in collaborative reciprocal learning partnerships with teachers in Canada. Chunmei Zheng presented designing tasks for assessing critical thinking in Math lessons. Thanh Buu Tran commented on standardized testing in the Chinese school system from a Canadian student teacher’s perspective. Zong Zong talked about exploring the professional growth of teacher as researcher. Yuhan Deng introduced her research on Canadian pre-service teachers’ Chinese language learning and cross-cultural learning.

Concurrent 3B: The Impacts of Canada-China Partnership on Pre-Service Teachers’ Learning

Yining Fu described initial findings from a three-year, joint research project that explores the ethical learning of pre-service teachers at the University of Alberta, Canada and Soochow University. BruceTucker and Zuocheng Zhang reflected on the experience of a Chinese participant in the Student Exchange component of the Reciprocal Learning in Teacher Education and School Education between Canada and China. Dan Xiao presented a case study of a Chinese senior high school English teacher whose cultural awareness was strengthened after participating in the Canada-China Teacher Education Reciprocal Learning Program. Chunmei Liu compared library education in Canada and China.

Concurrent 3C: Culturally Relevant & Sustaining Approaches to Teaching & Learning

Dr. Anthony N. Ezeife highlighted and addressed several areas of variance between dominant (mainstream) and Indigenous/ethnic minority cultures. Nesreen Elkord presented Arab immigrant youths’ perspectives that reveal various encounters and achievements they have experienced at school and at home in a Canadian educational context. Dianne Stevens presented her research that examines immigration from the perspective of Grade 9 students of Asian ethnicity, many of whom are immigrants or the children of immigrants. Xiangyu Li explored differences in 1) instructional strategies, 2) teaching design, 3) teacher’s acceptance of special students, 4) support and barriers of inclusive classrooms between urban and rural schools in China.

Concurrent 3D: Canada-China Reciprocal Learning Program: Impacts & Challenges

Ying Chen and Doug McDougall presented their observations on teachers’ professional growth and changes as the result of a three-year reciprocal learning partnership while assessing the post-impact of learning for teachers. Zuochen Zhang and Pinge Ai shared their experiences and observations regarding certain aspects of collaboration between pairs, such as 1) ways of communication, 2) language barrier, and 3) mutual visits by administrators and teachers. Cynthia Zhu and Doug McDougall followed two pairs of teachers from Canada and China as they engaged in reciprocal learning over the course of three years. They noticed that reciprocal learning partnerships are developed through three main temporal stages where teachers learn about each other, learn from each other, and then learn with each other. Successful relationships can be developed through including content, planning and social driven interactions. Ruxandra Nahaiciuc, Geri Salinitri and Yuanrong Li explored the University of Windsor, Secondary Science Group’s lived experiences and perceptions of the bridge they have helped build through extensive Canada-China Pre-Service exchanges. Sirous Tabrizi reflected upon how equity, adequacy, and excellence in public education systems contribute towards accomplishing Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Concurrent Session 4:
Diversity and Reciprocal Learning Relationships: Practice and Theory

Concurrent 4A: Education and Cultural Diversity in Southwestern China

Tian Xiao and Shuhan Yang demonstrated spatial and temporal variation of resource allocation efficiency of secondary vocational education in Yunnan. Fengxiao He applied the theory of empowerment to understand how minority communities in Yunnan province approach sustainable community development through empowered learning. Shuhan Yang further talked about an action research project her team had carried out in Weishan county. The project was supported by the World Bank and aimed at exploring an effective path for Yi cultural inheritance through the making of Yi-Han bilingual picture books involving children aged 3-6 years old. Finally, using Southwest Minzu University as an example, Guohuan Yu discussed the need for national colleges and universities in China to construct harmonious campus cultures.

Concurrent 4B: Teacher Leadership for Diversity and Creativity

Chunlei Liu and George Zhou presented their narrative inquiry into the cross-cultural learning experiences  of Chinese science teacher candidates’ cross-cultural learning experiences in Canada as they participated in a reciprocal learning program between the University of Windsor and China Southwest University. Vanessa Mio and Jonathan Bayley investigated Chinese music students’ reciprocal learning experiences during a three-month residency in Canada. Terry Sefton explored cultural education in art and music in the reciprocal learning program. Ju Huang shared the cross-cultural experiential stories and induction process of Andi from his time in Canada, to his experiences as a beginning teacher. Luxin Yang and Chen Li showed the classroom culture constructed in a Calligraphy classroom at a primary school in Beijing and discussed how their study may offer insights into Chinese students’ collectivistic and individual learning in school settings and facilitate reciprocal learning between Canadian and Chinese sister schools.

Concurrent 4C: Reciprocal Learning for a Global Future

Thanh Buu Tran talked about the effects of modernization on the value of Chinese school education. Yuanrong Li and Guihua Zhang presented their study comparing Canadian and Chinese pre-service science teachers’ view of nature of science. Ruxandra Nahaiciuc shared about a series of water projects her team had conducted in collaboration with secondary schools in Windsor and Chonqing with the support of a Canadian university in Southwestern Ontario and the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. Yishin Khoo and Adrienne Rigler engaged the idea of “reciprocal learning as collaborative partnership” in their paper and used school-based narrative inquiry as its theoretical and methodological framework to explore a water-based reciprocal learning partnership among teachers in Canada and China.

Concurrent 4D: Canadian Pre-Service Teachers’ Academic & Professional Development through Reciprocal Learning in China
分组会议4D:通 过与中国互惠学习加拿大职前教师的学术与职业发展

Alana Wevers compared instrumental music education in two countries while Caroline Voyer focused on comparing special education and student support in Canada and China. David Meloche paid much attention to the cultural and philosophical differences between Canadian and Chinese Health and Physical Ed programs while Jillian Parker compared outdoor education. John Serio studied the role of nutrition and health education in China. Mitchell Paterson talked about high school mathematics curriculums and pedagogies and Ryan Dodich evaluated the influence of student-teacher relationships in elementary school systems.

Reciprocal Learning Program Plenary Symposium: Reciprocal Learning Program Alumni’s Cross-Cultural Learning & Inquiries
中加互惠学习项目专题研讨会: 互惠学习项目交换生的跨文化学习与探究

Shijing Xu, Project Co-Director, University of Windsor
许世静教授, 温莎大学教育学院
Yibing Liu, SSH Research Director, Southwest University

Geri Salinitri, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor
Geri Salinitri 教授,温莎大学教育学院副院长
Shijian Chen, Vice President, Southwest University

University of Windsor RLP Alumni  互惠学习项目温莎大学往届交换生
1. David Potocek
2. Jacklyn Lather
3. Kevin St. Denis
4. Samantha Di Fazio
5. Taylor Paré

Southwest University RLP Alumni  互惠学习项目西南大学往届交换生
1. Mei Ma 马梅
2. Yuqing Jiang 蒋渝庆
3. Xiangyu Li 李翔宇
4. Zhicheng Cai 蔡治成
5. Zhenyang Yin 殷振洋

Participants who joined the Teacher Education Reciprocal Learning Program in different years were invited to talk about how they transferred what they learned from the program into their practices in teaching and personal life.

Sister School Plenary Symposium Global Visions, Local Practices: From New Basic Education in China to WestEast Reciprocal Learning
姊妹校专题研讨会 国际视野,本土实践: 从中国新基础教育到中西互惠学习

Michael Connelly, Project Co-Director, OISE/UT
Michael Connelly 教授,多伦多大学

Cheryl Craig, Professor, Texas A & M University
Cheryl Craig 教授,德克萨斯州农工大学
Zongyi Deng, Professor, National Institute of Education, Singapore

An Overview of the Canada-China Sister School Network Program

Michael Connelly, Project Co-Director, OISE/UT
Michael Connelly 教授,多伦多大学

Shijing Xu, Project Co-Director, University of Windsor

When New Basic Education Encounters Narrative Inquiry: What would Confucius Say to Dewey

Yuhua Bu, Professor, East China Normal University

Dr. Bu gave a presentation that detailed the collaboration between New Basic Education — a large-scale school reform project in China — and the Reciprocal Learning Project as well as her understanding of the philosophical values behind this encounter.

Exploring the Cross-Cultural Reciprocal Learning Model between International Sister Schools: Experiences from a Ten-Year Partnership between a Shanghai-Toronto Sister School

Yeting Wang, Principal, Huaping P.S.
王叶婷校长, 华坪小学

Principal Wang reflected upon her experience of participating in a ten-year sister school program in which Chinese and Western cultures learn from each other and share collaborative achievements.

Educating for Sustainability through Canada-China Reciprocal Learning Partnership

Adrienne Rigler, Teacher, Ryerson C.S.
Adrienne Rigler 老师,怀雅逊小学


Adrienne Rigler shared her experience of engaging in a reciprocal learning partnership with her Shanghai Sister School colleagues in the area of water environmental education. She talked about the implication of the partnership on her person-professional growth and the growth of her students.

Closing Remarks:
Reciprocal Learning Partnership Project’s Significance in Educational Research and Practice in a Global Era


Heather Pratt, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, University of Windsor
Heather Pratt, 温莎大学科研处处长

Ken Montgomery, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor
Ken Montgomery 教授,温莎大学教育学院院长

Gerry Connelly, Adjunct Professor, York University; Former Director, Toronto District School Board
Gerry Connelly 教授,约克大学,多伦多教育局前局长

John Lee Chi Kin, Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong

Zongjie Wu, Professor, Zhejiang University

Shijing Xu & Michael Connelly, Project Co-Directors
许世静教授 和 Michael Connelly 教授,大项目总负责人