2019-12-03
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On November 24, South China Normal University launched the "Excellent Book Index for Primary and Secondary School Students Reading", which was reported by the People's Daily and other media.

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Tian Jingcheng, Director of the Publishing Department of the Department of Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, Ouyang Qian, Director of the Research Department of the Guangdong Provincial Education Department, Zhu Kongjun, Secretary of the Party Committee of South China Normal University, and Lin Fachin, Chairman of the Macao Cultural and Educational Publishing Association, attended the event. The press conference was followed by major mainstream media such as People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, Guangming Daily, Economic Daily, Nanfang Daily and Macau Daily.

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(Left: librarian Professor Wang Zizhou  Right: development and education psychologist Professor Mo Lei)

This bibliography, which serves the reading of primary and secondary school students, is from the Center for Applied Psychology Research of South China Normal University, a key research base in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of the Ministry of Education, which brings together experts in various fields such as library science, educational and developmental psychology, pedagogy, Marxist theory, and Chinese language and literature. 

Formed by the well-known development and education psychologist Professor Mo Lei, and the well-known librarian Professor Wang Zizhou, head of the authoritative expert team. From more than 2 million kinds of books, published in China over the past 15 years published, they selected about 200,000 books suitable for the growth and development of students into the library. Among them, 12,7701 books in Chinese, and 61,316  books in foreign languages, which can be further subdivided into 46,017 books for the lower grades of primary school, 36,579 books for the middle grades, and 37,527 books for the upper grades of primary school, 41,345 books for junior high school students, and 27,446 books for senior high school students, covering general knowledge, Chinese traditional culture and more than 20 other topic areas.

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(Mo Lei was interviewed by journalists)

The psychology department of South China Normal University is a national key discipline with fruitful research results and far-reaching influence. In the 2017 Ministry of Education discipline assessment, the university's psychology department was on a par with Peking University and Beijing Normal University. In the same year, the Department of Psychology ranked second in the Shanghai Soft Science Series for three consecutive years.

At present, based on this research and development of the "Internet and Student Growth Reading Platform", pilot project has been launched in Guangzhou. The impact is significant, and has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, There are good prospects to extend the application to the whole country.

In order to promote reading, the Center for Applied Psychology Research of South China Normal University and the Xingyaoxue Research Base of South China Normal University have developed the "Excellent Book Reading & Student’s Reading Management System. Since its launch in early 2016, this Reading Literacy Improvement System on the Internet has been fully recognized and supported by the Guangdong Provincial Education Department, the Guangzhou Municipal Education Bureau and some other universities.

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(Director of the scientific research department of the Guangdong Provincial Education Department Ou Yangqian)

Ou Yangqian, director of the scientific research department of the Guangdong Provincial Education Department, hopes that the index  will indeed play a central role in continuing to promote the reading by pupils in primary and secondary schools in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, and even the promotion of reading in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

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(Chairman of the Macao Cultural and Educational Publishing Association Lin Fachin)

Lin Fachin, Chairman of the Macao Cultural and Educational Publishing Association

Lin pointed out that from recent years, the study on Reading in Macao shows that the reading literacy of Chinese students in Macao is at a lower level compared with other parts of the country, for example in Taiwan. In his view, the introduction of the "Excellent Reading Index for Primary and Secondary School Students" to Macao and the establishment of a reading platform for primary and secondary school students will help to improve the reading levels of primary and secondary school students in Macao and lead primary and secondary school students to read more and better books.

In 2017, the Ministry of Education officially adopted the consultation report on "The Main Problems of Reading on Primary and Secondary Schools and Countermeasure Recommendations", which fully affirmed the application value of building the "Internet-Student Growth Reading Platform" with the index as the core component, and considered that "the establishment of a student growth reading platform is an effective way to promote reading".

In 2018, the Guangzhou Municipal Education Bureau deployed the first batch of 110 primary and secondary schools to promote the application, and is expected to promote the reading platform to more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the city by 2022. In the future, the pilot project of the book index system will be extended from Guangzhou to Zhuhai, Macao and other places, and then to the whole country.


Translated by Qiu Lezi, Wen Yanyu

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited / Reviewed by Li Jianru


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