You are cordially invited to attend a Lecture on Zhuangzi and the Phenomenology of Expertise: Implications for Educators, presented by Dr. Charlie REIS (XJTLU) on 13 November 2020. The details are as follows:
The lecture seeks to show how Zhuangzi can be used to enrich the conversation about expertise in practice in contemporary HE. Zhuangzi , a Daoist philosopher who lived in the 4th Century BCE, wrote much about expert practice and is known for his ‘knack passages’(Muller & D’Ambrosio, 2017) with practitioners reflecting on expertise holders’ perspectives on practice, states of flow and how expertise is achieved (Schön, 1982). The focus of the lecture is the story of Cook Ding and how it foresaw the ‘new science’ of expertise, and what teachers in higher education can take from Zhuangzi to approach classroom practice.
Rather than focus on progressive problem solving (Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1993) or deliberate practice (Ericsson et al, 1993), Zhuangzi explores the phenomenology of expertise, which reveals ways of thinking and practicing (characteristics) common to those with expertise, or what it takes to achieve unconscious spontaneity ‘perfectly calibrated to the environment’ (Slingerland, 2014); although, the former approaches are certainly accounted for. This ‘effortless action’ will be applied to classroom practice and implications for the artistry of teaching and self-determined learning and development for teachers in HE. Specifically, the discussion will touch on:
King on award-winning academic teachers;
Ericsson on deliberate practice and mental modelling;
Bereiter & Scardanlia on progressive problem solving;
Berliner on expertise in pedagogy;
Csíkszentmihályi on flow.
The lecture is part of a project applying classical Chinese knowledge to contemporary teaching in higher education.
Short Bio of the guest speaker:
Charlie Reis is Director of Educational Development at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), director of XJTLU’s PGCert programme, and the founder of the China-based Association for Partnership in Educational Development (CAPED). His primary area of research is the incorporation of classical Chinese knowledge into contemporary learning and teaching. Other areas of focus are transnational education, motivation and engagement, online and hybrid learning, academic identity, leadership, and science fiction. Outside of education, his interests were travel and (still) his cat.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the lecture!