School of Education in Soochow University is located near the Dushu Lake at Suzhou. Its origins can be traced back to Department of Education of Jiangsu Normal University, later in 1982 renamed as Educational Scientific Research Department of Soochow University, and named as the School of Education in 1999 until now. Many famous scholars had been recruited to teach during the era of School of Education, such as Gu Shusen, Zhang Huanting, Liu Baichuan, Xin Runtang, Wu Zengjie, Huang Naisong, Shi Qicai etc. In 2007, our school moved to the new campus in Dushu Lake area, where the construction area covers more than 3900 square meters and the working environment has been greatly improved, which laid a solid foundation for the further development of the school. After the development’s era, the school has trained and delivered a large numbers of students with excellent educational and psychological skills for the country; and the school also made the considerable contributions to the local construction and development of Suahou City.
1. Overview of the School
School of Education has first-level discipline of post-doctoral scientific research mobile stations, doctoral programs for higher education as well as for educational economics, first-level discipline of master’s degree for education and psychology, professional master’s degree for applied psychology, vocational and technical education. There are 3 departments in the school, including Department of Education, Department of Psychology and Department of Technical Education. Soochow University Education Science Research Institute is also affiliated to our school, and consists of Soochow University Institute of Higher Education, Soochow University Education Science Research Center, Institute of Education, Institute of Applied Psychology, Institute of Curriculum and Instruction, Planning and Policy Research Office, Learning Science Research Institute. Besides, Soochow University Teachers Training Institute, College Students’ Psychological Health Research Center of South Jiangsu are affiliated to the school. Except for educating the undergraduate, master's and doctoral students, the school also undertakes the teaching tasks of normal school education, psychology, educational technology, teacher's oral education, teacher’s calligraphy courses and general education courses.
2. Teaching Staff
The faculty has 86 staff members. Teachers are young, with high educational background and attractive professional structure. Among them, 61 are full-time teachers, 73.77% of them have senior titles, including 19 professors, 26 associate professors, 13 doctoral advisors, and 40 master advisors. There are 55 doctor and doctoral candidates, accounting for 90.16% of the total number of full-time teachers. The average age of professors is 51, associate professors are 43, and the lecturers are 39. Furthermore, the school has recruited the high prestige scholars from domestic or oversea served as the visiting or part time professors, such as Gu Mingyuan, Huang Xiting, Wang Yibing, Peng Kaiping, Jin Shenghua, Yan Wenfan, Cheng Xing, Luo Yuejia, Fang Fang, Gu Yuehua.
3. Teaching and Research
Since 2006, the school of education has won more than 10 awards for teaching achievements at the national, provincial and other levels. The school also cultivated many excellent students, for example, the famous psychologist, Wang Jun, who was responsible for selecting and training China astronauts; and the owner of Olympic weightlifting champion, Chen Yanqing. In scientific research, the school has published more than 100 monographs, and more than 934 research papers has published. In addition, the school has received 86 outstanding academic awards or honorary titles, including National Outstanding Research Achievement and Outstanding Achievements Award of Jiangsu Philosophy and Social Sciences Research. It also has undertaken 40 Projects from the National Natural Science Fund, National Social Science Fund, and the National project for Educational Science. The school won some big projects, such as the Central-Local Co-construction Projects, and Jiangsu Psychology and Teacher Education Experimental Demonstration Center in 2009, since when the laboratory construction of the school has a higher development platform.
With precise, pragmatic educational philosophy and teaching attitude, the school focuses on student’s future and attaches great importance to the improvement of students' theoretical knowledge, practical skills and innovative ability. Undergraduates have won the first prize in university challenge cup, school student’s innovation experiment plan (more than 50 times, including 8 national key projects), 3 national competition awards and 11 provincial awards. The school has long adhered to the training target of "broad foundation, comprehensive knowledge, strong ability and excellent quality", paying attention to the construction of teaching quality and connotation. All graduates have been welcomed and praised by the employers both at China and abroad. The school has also a "Coagulation Love Fund" and "Soochow University Institute of Education Scholarship", to reward students who are both excellent in character and learning, while also relieving worries for family difficulties.
4. Academic Exchange
For more than 10 years, the major academic conferences hosted by School of Education were as follows: Conference on “Education for International Understanding”, National “211 Project Theory Problem” Seminar, National Academic Congress of Psychology, National Youth Education Theoretical Professional Committee, Seminar on the Theory of “Scientific Research and Development in Primary and Secondary Schools”, International Seminar on “Higher Education and Social Progress”, Conference for Chinese Psychologists, School Psychology Conference, The 13th Neuroscan Advanced Training Course and ERP Eye Movement Technology Seminar (2009), Annul Meeting of Teaching Committee of Chinese Psychological Society and Academic Committee of Personality Psychology (2010), International Academic Symposium of “Education, Culture and Human Development” (2011), Academic Conference of Industrial Psychology Committee of Jiangsu Psychological Society (2011), The 9th Asia-pacific Vision International Symposium (APCV2013), Seminar on National Psychological Research and Essay Writing Training Base Academic Committee (2013), The 1st Chinese Psychology Postdoc Forum (2013), Sino-US Art Education Summit Forum (2014), The 8th Academic Congress of the Scientific Community of Jiangsu Province, Education and Sociology Forum (2014), The Academic Conference of Jiangsu Psychological Society and the 4th “Academic Forum of Young Psychologists” (2014), Annual Conference of General Psychology and Experimental Psychology Specialized Committee (2015), The 1st Academic Conference of the Social Psychology Professional Committee of Chinese Psychological Society (2015), The 17th International Multi-sensory Channel Research Conference (IMRF2016), Annual Meeting of the Academic Association of Theoretical Psychology and Psychological History of Chinese Psychological Society (2016), Education Economic Research Council of Jiangsu Province Education Economic Research Committee and The 4th Annual Meeting of Education Economic Scholarship in Jiangsu Province (2016), etc.
School of education has long-term academic exchanges with the universities of the United States, Britain, the Netherlands and other countries. It has also been a regular academic communication protocol with National University of Tainan, National Chung Cheng University, Fu Jen Catholic University, the University of Wisconsin, Boston University and University of Waterloo in Canada. School of Education and University of Canberra have established a joint training postgraduate system.
5. Operating Conditions
School of Education is located in the building 1005 of Suzhou University's Dushu Lake campus. The office space is 626 square meters. The teachers’ research room and workshop room are 474 square meters, and the laboratory is 1091 square meters. There is a "research center for psychological and behavioral sciences" at the Wenhui building of main campus, covering an area of 1,376 square meters. The reference room is located on the 7th floor of Binglin Library in Dushu Lake campus with an area of 341 square meters. The reference room has a collection of 29000 volumes. There are various professional journals has been subscribed, 20 of them are foreign periodicals. Besides, the reference room also subscribed a full-text database of the American Association of Psychology (PsycARTICLES). The College Students’ Psychological Health Research Center of South Jiangsu has set up the branch offices in each campuses of Soochow University. School also published “Educational Forum” by bi-monthly.
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6th floor, building 1005, No.1 Wenjing Road, Industrial Park District, Dushu Lake Campus of Soochow University.
No.1 Wenjing Road, Industrial Park District, School of Education of Soochow University, 215123