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Student-centered, modernized graduate STEM education

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Science  01 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 969-970
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0590

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  • Based on Taoism, “wu wei” is the best policy for (graduate) education

    Alan I. Leshner wrote an article entitled “student-centered, modernized graduate STEM education” (1). “wu wei” has the deep meanings in Chinese which has been used for education for many years. “wu “ means without and “wei” means effort. “wu wei” does not mean “no effort.” Mr. Taguchi, Japanese Taoist explains that “wu wei” means watching with a sense of tension. In other words, if you are watching with a sense of tension, you can respond flexibly to every situation. Educators with “wu wei” policy, can help/support young researchers while they can gain experiences including failures by themselves. Educators must understand two basic policies: no interference and “wu wei.” Any interference to young researchers by faculty or advisor spoils/crushes young researchers. Senior educators may know the expected result of the research conducted by young researchers. However, every senior educator must have a patience with “wu wei” without any interference. This is why a good education system needs time and money with “wu wei” policy.

    1. Alan I. Leshner, “student-centered, modernized graduate STEM education,” Science 01 Jun 2018: Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 969-970

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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