University Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (11): 10-20.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201812004

Special Issue: 化学育人

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From Knowledge to Intelligence: Integrated Beauty of Nature and Science: The Design and Practice of General Educational Course "The Beauty of Chemistry"

Hongying ZHONG*()   

  • Received:2018-12-06 Accepted:2018-12-26 Published:2019-01-14
  • Contact: Hongying ZHONG


In the era of diverse societies and big data, general educational core curriculum that is beyond of the limit of knowledge and skills in specific fields pays close attention to humanistic education and intelligence development. It is aimed to build educational foundations for high-order thinking skills and values that are needed by students in their personal and professional lives after graduation. How to put this educational philosophy into the curriculum and design innovative classroom teaching is one of the most important issues that confront current universities and colleges. In this work, the course "The Beauty of Chemistry" that is open for undergraduates in the fields of humanities and social sciences was used as an example to demonstrate the innovative philosophy and implementation strategies based on course goal, orientation, contents, teaching strategies, extra-curricular activities and learning assessment in order to find effective ways for independent learning, knowledge management and exploration of new areas. Aesthetic experiences refer to the perception of hidden fundamental concepts, principles and rules as well as the understanding of harmonious, simple, symmetrical and original beauty of sciences presented by the nature.

Key words: Beauty of nature, Beauty of science, Aesthetic education, Knowledge, Intelligence


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