Building creative ability in Cambridge culture

Authors: Jianming Zhou1, Kangjing He2

Affiliation: (1) Jianming Zhou, Vice-professor, Vice master of Institute of Social culture, Guangxi Normal University, Address: Institute of Social Culture, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, Guangxi, PR China, 541001, Email: hans0645@sina.com
Affilication (2) Kangjing He, phD candidate in School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Address: School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK, Email: k.he.03@contab.net


Abstract: As a most famous university in the world, Cambridge University is unique in education. She always emphasizes rational training and personality shaping in teaching process, pays attention to the inventive research, and rejects utilitarianism in education. Cultural syncretism and idealistic communication are also common and very active in Cambridge. There are three points that we learn from the Cambridge mode: at first, encourage inventive research, attach importance to accumulation; secondly, give students an restricted, free study atmosphere to study or research on their own initiative; thirdly, pay more attention to the communication between teachers and students, or among students, regarding the ways of communication, not only about the content.

Key words: creative ability; inventive research; utilitarianism; cultural syncretism; idealistic communication

Page : 19-23    Vol.1, No. 2, 2006