Books

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Rediscovering John Dewey:

How His Psychology Transforms Our Education

Publisher - Palgrave Macmillan (2020)

This book tries to trace Dewey’s intellectual history from his early years to the end, focusing on the themes of psychology and the psychological aspect of education in Dewey’s lifelong writing. The author combines the discussion on Dewey’s work with his life stories and shows readers how his ideas evolved over time. In turn, the book offers a critical review of his ideas in the areas of psychology and education. It assesses Dewey’s involvement in and impact on education as well as gives a comprehensive account of his legacy in psychology and education.

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A Theory of Conceptual Intelligence:

Thinking, Learning, Creativity, and Giftedness

Publisher - Praeger (1996)

This book proposes a new theory of intelligence. It outlines how evolutionary pressure favors the interaction between the symbolic world of language and the mental world, leading to the creation of concepts.

“A lucid discussion of attempts to measure and define intelligence, and a sophisticated and intriguing set of alternatives. A rich source of creative thinking about intelligence, learning, and creativity......”

--- Professor Kieran Egan

Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

 

“Dr. Li posits that thinking and learning are the two major components of intelligence, whose outcome depends not only on our brain but also on our cultural heritage. This is a new vintage point on the ontogenesis and development of intelligence......”

--- Professor Ying Zhu

Department of Psychology, Peking University

 

“...... this is an impressive effort, an ambitious and comprehensive theoretical approach to understanding human intelligence......”

--- Professor James Borland

Teachers College, Columbia University

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John Dewey's Education and Psychology:

An Introduction

Publisher - Dewey Centre of Fudan University and G.T. College, Hong Kong (2018)

John Dewey (1859-1952), the most important figure in (the paradigm setter of) 20th century education, has written eight million words in his lifetime, published in 38 volumes of Collected Works. How can a general reader understand his ideas?

 

Dewey’s writing style is obscure and his ideas are complex. This monograph is an easy-to-understand introduction to Dewey’s education and psychology. It is written for the general reader who comes across Dewey occasionally but has no idea of what he said. It has summarized Dewey’s top 10 writings in education and top 5 writings in psychology.

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Maximizing Potential:

Lengthening and Strengthening Our Stride

Publisher - Social Sciences Research Centre, University of Hong Kong (1997)

Edited by Prof. Rex Li, Prof. Jimmy Chan, and Prof. John Spinks, this volume was published by the Social Sciences Research Centre, the University of Hong Kong. It was the proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children held in Hong Kong from July 30 to August 4, 1995.

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Reconstruction of Experience:

Selected Works of John Dewey's Education and Psychology

Publisher - East China Normal University Press (2017)

This edited volume is part of the series of John Dewey’s Selected Works. Sub-titled Reconstruction of Experience: John Dewey’s Education and Psychology, this volume in Chinese is a selection of Dewey’s works on education and psychology based on his Collected Works. It becomes an essential reference for Chinese scholars studying Dewey.

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二十一世紀初全球教育演進:

國際視野.培優育才

出版:香港優才教育基金會(2012)

優才教育叢書系列(1)

 

二十一世紀是全球化高科技世紀,而發展高科技則有賴高端人才的培養。為此世界各國政府不惜為國民的教育投放大量資源。這場教育競賽早在上世紀末由美英兩國掀起戰幔,其後歐盟、中國、俄羅斯等紛紛加入,互相爭逐。

 

本世紀初,英國正展開翻天覆地的教育改革;美國在奧巴馬上台後主張提升教育水平,強調要與中國競爭;歐盟則要面對歐洲一體化帶來人流、學生流、公平原則等衝擊。芬蘭在《學生能力國際評估計劃》(PISA)中遙遙領先,與亞洲的新加坡、南韓、香港、上海等地互相競逐。

 

本書分析二十一世紀初的全球教育演進,並指出在全球化下教育理念和體制面臨的挑戰。

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創意教師手冊

出版:香港天才教育協會(2004)

本書名為《創意教師手冊》,是老師的創意參考用書,既有理論性文章,也有生活小品,更有應用教案,全書共分三個部分:

 

理論篇:包括七位國際知名學者的論文,涉及創意與個性、創意與關懷、創意與心靈、創意與教育等。

 

實踐篇:以短文形式介紹創意的四個方面:創意生活、創意教育、創意方法與創意個案。

 

應用篇:選錄了十多個創意教學實例,全部都曾在課堂中實踐,這些教學實例,包括了小學的中、英、數、常、美、音各科,並獲得不少同行和學生的掌聲,歡迎老師們自行剪裁引用,「各取所需」,提升課堂創意。

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小班不只是夢想

出版:香港天才教育協會(2006)

小班教學是世界潮流,也是香港家長、老師、學生的普遍期望。但小班教學真有成效嗎?香港的教師懂得教小班嗎?有沒有本地或外國經驗可供借鑒?

 

本書從教育研究和實踐的角度出發,指出小班教學並非夢想,而是可以具體落實的,我們冀期能為政府推行小班政策提供基礎。

本書在2006年出版,兩年後,香港政府順應教育界訴求,在全港小學開始推行小班,規定人數為每班25人,與本書的建議相同,足見優才是小班教學的先驅和最早的倡導及推行者。

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教育十論:

優才教育的思考和實踐

出版:香港優才教育基金會(2014)

優才教育叢書系列(2)

 

本書輯錄了李教授在2010-2014年的教育論文,範圍廣泛,包括教育理念、香港教育以至優才書院校內的教育實踐。貫穿的理念是:教育無分國界,全球各國皆注重,重點還是離不開關心孩子,以心感動心,建立教育烏托邦。

 

這些論文主要在優才網誌和公開講座發表,對象除了優才書院的師生家長,也包括教育界人士,不少更是國內和海外交流的教育界專家學者。

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孩子的伯樂:

15位香港傑出孩子的成長故事

出版:香港天才教育協會(2006)

本書輯錄了多位中外傑出人士成材故事,當中包括童話大師安徒生、鋼琴詩人傅雷、國畫巨匠齊白石、生物學家達爾文,企業家李嘉誠、數學家丘成桐和世界足球先生朗拿甸奴等,他們的成功除了靠自己不斷努力之外,亦有賴父母或老師的啟發和引導。

 

我們訪問了香港15位傑出少年,他們來自不同學校,在語文、數理、視藝、音樂及體能方面,各有千秋,表現超卓,其成長故事值得為人父母借鏡。

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香港教育語言政策批判:

邁向國際化.培育新一代

出版:香港優才教育基金會(2011)

香港的中學教學語言政策自上世紀八十年代起已成為一項具爭議性的議題。到了一九九八年,政府教育當局將中學二分為中文中學(中中) 和英文中學(英中),遂使矛盾尖銳化,一時間引起教育界的震盪。2009年初,教育局推出新的教學語言方案,名為「微調方案」,實則是在微觀層面作修補,欠缺全面宏觀分析,毫無方向感,充分反映技術官員的局限視野。

 

本論文除了分析香港的語言教育政策,更提出嶄新的「八成英中方案」,以提升香港競爭力。