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教学理念Philosophy & Values
道尔顿教学法The Dalton Approach
The Dalton Academy at the Affiliated High School of Peking University was founded in 2010 as a “laboratory within a laboratory” to prepare Chinese students to study abroad. At Dalton, our students cultivate an appreciation of modern Chinese identity while preparing to face the challenges of global citizenship. We are inspired progressive education activist Helen Parkhurst, an early twentieth-century American advocate of task-based learning and student agency in the learning process. Today, her Dalton Plan is the cornerstone of a global community of progressive education.
At the heart of the Dalton Plan is its trifold approach to organizing student learning and interaction throughout the year. The three pillars of the Dalton Plan are House, Assignment, and Laboratory:
House is how students are organized into different groups of mixed-age level students. The overall House system for the Affiliated High School of Peking University is modeled on the Dalton Plan, with Dalton Academy having the more complete model of teachers also serving as advisors to students in mixed groups. Thus in the Dalton Academy House system, students exercise autonomy while also being advised by caring adults who in turn serve as the parents' connection between the school and the family. In the advising system, teachers will follow a curriculum which will help them work with students on creating curricular, activity, and college and career goals (see curriculum plan below under Personal Development Program).
Assignment is the understanding by the teacher and the student on the goals of the learning that happens at Dalton Academy. Beyond the general requirements of the curriculum, students will be presented with many choices and some autonomy in how they plan their learning. Study at The Dalton Academy is about mastery of knowledge, skills, and self. We recognize that not all students study at the same pace or in the same way. Learning programs such as Carp Week, Independent Research Projects, Independent Learning Plans, Experiential Learning, our rich elective course selection, and the teaching assistant (TA) system allow the students to take control of their learning in ways that more traditional models of education do not allow.
Laboratory perhaps best describes what happens at Dalton Academy. Everything we do is designed around different moments of exploration and discovery: discovery of new knowledge and awareness, discovery of new abilities, exploration on how to transcend limits, and most important a more complete exploration and discovery of one's own identity andself worth. Students and faculty at Dalton Academy will be challenged every day to push limits and delve deeper into the adventure that is learning. From the House program to the Assignment program, all members of our community will take the Laboratory approach to experiencing the learning and growth that comes with being at Dalton.
Our curriculum is informed by the best practices in both China and the wider world (including our partner schools and organizations on four continents), but is an independent and evolving model. Our program is the only fully locally-developed international program in Chinese high schools today. The Dalton approach requires self-reliance from students, developed in a context of academic freedom and curiosity modeled by the faculty and under the banner that is Peking University. We connectwhat we do in the classroom with what we do outside the classroom, conscious of the fact that what we learn will serve us in becoming active, responsible citizens.
Values are at the core of learning at Dalton Academy. In our students, we hope to instill:
Curiosity and a love of exploration
Willingness to take intellectual and emotional risks
Resilience in the face of challenge
Sense of personal responsibility to one's community and the environment
Commitment to the highest academic standards
Guided by our core values, we conceive of learning as an open-ended endeavor undertaken both by our students and faculty. We propose ideas, undertake research, implement a well-conceived plan, reflect on our process, and then begin anew.