Teaching Development Grants
Completed TDG Projects

Curriculum or Pedagogical Innovations

Research-Informed Teaching: Exploring a Pedagogical Innovation in Contemporary China Studies


The goal of this project is to enhance teaching and learning through introducing the Research-Informed Teaching (RIT) approach into current pedagogic practices. Compared to the traditional “information transmission” teaching practice, in which a curriculum is structured around subject content, RIT places more emphasis on systematic inquiry learning. This method nurtures research skills and fosters experience, for example, through a critical reading of research papers, guest lectures by leading scholars, independent student research, and the involvement of students in professors’ on-going research projects. By applying the RIT approach, SINO2003 Contemporary China Studies: Issues and Perspectives will deliver three primary benefits: 1) A set of teaching activities/material/rules based on the RIT approach will be developed, not only for SINO2003 but also for further application in other courses; 2) Students’ improved ability in critical thinking and a developed scientific analytical framework; 3) Outstanding student research projects and findings that are presentable and potentially publishable. The use of this pedagogical method can contribute directly to our academic community.

Principal Investigator

Dr. J. Zhu, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

March 2017


  1. Student projects – posters Download
  2. Student projects – articles Download