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Institute of Learning Sciences

Institute of Learning Sciences

 

Brief Introduction

 
The Institute of Learning Sciences in National Tsing Hua University was formally established on August 1, 2010, under the Commission of General Education. The Institute currently has 13 full-time (including jointly appointed) faculty members. Under the two main research areas: (a) Psychological Mechanisms and Social/Cultural Contexts and (b) Learning Technologies and Guidance, faculty members’ research interests include cognitive sciences, social psychology, sociology of education, learning technology, and instructional design. Each year the Institute admits 14 master’s students.

 

Special Features of the Institute

 
It is the first research institute on learning sciences in both Taiwan and Asia, responding to international academic trends by focusing on the 21 century’s pivotal ability: learning.

 

Faculty and Staff

 
CHAN, Yu-chen Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Counseling, National Taiwan Normal University) Cognitive Neuropsychology, Human Memory, Humor, Emotion, Gelotophobia
CHEN, Cheng-te Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Psychology, National Chung Cheng University) Item Response Theory, Computerized Adaptive Testing, Multilevel Nonlinear Mixed Model 
CHEN, Shun-wen Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Psychology, National Taiwan University) Social Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Epistemology of Psychology
CHEN, Su-yen Professor (Ph. D. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas at Austin ) Reading, College student learning experiences, Instruction and Curriculum
FU, Li-yu Professor (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, West Virginia University) Multicultural Science Education, Science Popular animation, Digital Learning, Curriculum and Instructional Design, Indigenous Education 
HSIEH, Hsiao-chin Professor (Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison) Sociology of Education, Gender and Education, Educational Policy Studies
HSU, Kuang-tai Professor (Ph.D. in History of Science, University of Oklahoma) 17th-century History of Science, Philosophy of Education, Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Science, History of Learning, History of Science and Science Education, History of Science in General Education 
HSU, Yu-chen Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University) Human Computer Interaction, Design of Interactive Technology, Theory and Applications of Learning
HUANG, Li-li Professor (Ph. D. in Psychology, National Taiwan University) Indigenous Chinese Psychology, Culture and Learning, Personality /Social Psychology, Gender Psychology
LIN, Yii-nii Professor (Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development, University of Iowa) Counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychosocial Development, Developmental Psychology, Counseling Professional Training  
TZENG, Jeng-yi Professor (Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University) Theory of Learning Sciences, Instructional design, Psychology of learning
WANG, Chin-shou (Ju-Ju) Professor (Ph.D. in Environmental Management, Texas Tech University) Environmental Sociology, Community Development, Campus Culture 
YOUNG, Shwu-ching (Shelley) Chair and Professor (Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology, The Ohio State University) E-learning, Game-based learning, Hand-held and Tangible Technologies in Education
 

Curriculum

 

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit

ILS 500100

Theory of Learning Sciences

3

ILS 500200

Seminar I

1

ILS 500300

Qualitative Inquiry

3

ILS 500400

Statistics and Experimental Design

(Course title had been revised to “Experimental Design and Statistics” since 101 academic year)

3

ILS 500500

Seminar II

1

ILS 600000

Thesis (2 credits each semester)

4

Elective Courses for two research areas:

I. Psychological Mechanisms and Social/Cultural Contexts 

Course Number

Course Title

Credit

ILS 510100

Chinese Indigenous Psychology

3

ILS 510200

Critical Pedagogy

3

ILS 510400

Advanced Social Psychology

3

ILS 510500

Research on Reading

3

ILS 510600

Consciousness and Attention

3

ILS 510700

Learning in Psychology and Cultural Context

3

ILS 510800

Seminar on Mind, Brain, and Learning

2

ILS 510900

Topic in Learning and Motivation

2

ILS 511000

Seminar on Positive Psychology and Learning

2

ILS 511100

Social Psychology and Learning

3

ILS 511200

Advanced Developmental Psychology

3

ILS 511300

The Third Sector and Life Long Learning

3

ILS 511400

Cognition and Learning

3

ILS 511500

Moral Psychology and Learning

3

ILS 511600

Humor and Learning

3

ILS 511700

Experimental Design for Cognitive Psychology

3

II. Learning Technologies and Guidance

Course Number

Course Title

Credit

ILS 520100

E-Learning

3

ILS 520200

Human-Computer Interaction

(Course was changed to “Interaction Design” since 102 academic year)

3

ILS 520300

Research on Teaching Theories and Strategies

(Course was changed to “Research on Learning and Teaching” since 101 academic year)

3

ILS 520400

Experimental Design and Statistics

3

ILS 520500

Applications and Implementation of Learning Technology (I)

2

ILS 520600

Applications and Implementation of Learning Technology and Guidance (I) (II)

2

ILS 520700

Instructional Design of Blended Training

3

ILS 520800

Research on Learning and Teaching

3

ILS 520900

User experience design

3

ILS 521000

Interaction Design

3

Optional Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit

ILS 530100

Scale Development and Statistical Analysis

3

Others

learning-related courses offered by the other institutes

 

Graduate Requirements

 
The master’s program in the Institute of Learning Sciences recruits students through the standard application procedure. After admission, students select courses from two main research areas—(a) Psychological Mechanisms and Social/Cultural Contexts and (b) Learning Technologies and Guidance. A total of 30 credits are required, with 11 in required courses, 15 in electives, and 4 for the thesis. Additionally, students are encouraged to select learning-related courses offered by the other institutes, mainly to enhance their knowledge of allied academic subjects and fundamentals of the scientific method, which will enhance their abilities to pursue research and find practical applications in other academic fields.

 

Financial Aids

 
For the information of International Students scholarships, please link to : http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en.

 

Contact Information

 
For information specifically related to the Institute of Learning Sciences, please contact the Chairman : YOUNG, Shwu-ching, also known as Shelley, scy@mx.nthu.edu.tw
Contact number: +886-3-575-0728 (ILS) ; +886-3-574-2844 (O)
Fax: +886-3-573-9254 (ILS); +886-3-574-5329 (O)

For further information on the Institute, you can also link to :

http://ils-en.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php

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