Is Freedom of Expression in Classroom Possible? A Case Study of Taiwanese Professors Encounter Students from Mainland China (70720)

Session Information: Society & Culture/Urban Studies
Session Chair: Yu-Li Wang

Saturday, 27 May 2023 16:25
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

The cross-strait relationship between Taiwan and mainland China is unique and often quite tense from time to time. As for the educational interaction, there are many exchange students from China, Taiwan allowed Chinese students to pursue University degrees from 2011. The cross-strait relation maintained friendly during the KMT administration till 2016. The political climate changed when Xi, Jinping and Tsai, Ing-wen took the leaderships. Teacher empowerment suggests that teachers can feel motivated, increase their confidence in their knowledge and expertise, and have the autonomy to determine how to teach in the classroom. Under the gradually tightening cross-strait relation, this study is meant to explore how the professors generate the discussion in the class which consists of students from China. The “in-depth interviews “method was employed, eight professors from the field of social science were interviewed from Apr. 22, 2022, to Jun. 30, 2022. The results showed that professors' empowerment was influenced by the teaching evaluations from students, student composition, cross-strait relation, and China factor. While Taiwanese professors encountered the mainland Chinese students, eight teaching strategies were identified as followed "diversified strategy", "issue packaging strategy", "preventive strategy", "empathy strategy", "indirect exploration strategy", "facts strategy", "flipped classroom strategy", and "delayed strategy". Furthermore, professors also took the social and privacy risk considerations during the Covid-19 online teaching to students in China. The result also found three online teaching strategies, including "accuracy strategy”, "telepresence strategy", and “self-protection strategy”.

Yu-Li Wang, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Yu-Li Wang is Professor of Mass Communication Department at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. Her research interests focus on the news professionalism, and the mass media studies of mainland China.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00