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Education associations promote adaptive teaching

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Alliance on Obligatory Education (AOE) and the Taiwan Association for the Development of Adaptive Education (TADAE) yesterday urged the government and all high school and vocational schools to promote adaptive teaching in order to welcome the first classes of students of the recent education reform program.

Wang Li-shen (王立昇), the convener of the AOE, said the interests and talents of these new classes of students are becoming more different than ever, and appropriate curriculum planning should be made. He also said that one-third of students need to improve in English and math and one-quarter of students need to improve in science.

Tuan Hsin-yi (段心儀), a teacher at the Chinese Language Education Promotion Association, said normal placements would no longer academically satisfy students that acquire different abilities and interests and thus approve of the 12 year compulsory education plan.

Tuan also said the Center for Public Policy and Law of National Taiwan University proposed the adaptive enrollment elective plan, which helps students choose classes relating to their interests and goals. Tuan emphasized that the government and public schools need to promote the plan in order for it to succeed.

Wu Wu-tien (吳武典), a renowned professor of special education at National Taiwan Normal University, said the adaptive enrollment elective plan is necessary for current Taiwanese students and academics.

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