Xu, Di 许笛

Assistant Dean/Professor
College of Education
Everly Hall 126: 956-4275
Email: xudi@hawaii.edu

Ed.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1992.
MEd. Wake Forest University, 1987.
BA Beijing Normal University, 1982.

Dr. Xu Di’s main research interests are in areas of Educational foundations (sociology, history, and philosophy), teacher education, curriculum and instruction, methodologies, multicultural and international education. She is particularly involved in teacher education reform and K-20 reforms in U.S. China, and other countries in the world.


  • A Comparison of the Educational Ideas and Practices of John Dewey and Mao Zedong in China. NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.
  • “Teaching At-risk Students in the ESL Classroom.” Educational Journal, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Summer, 1999, Vol. 28, p. 33-40.
  • “On Chinese Basic Education,” Science and Technology Review, Beijing, China. 5(20), 1988, p. 13 – 15.
  • “The Role of Foundation Courses in Graduate Education for the 21st Century.” Proceedings of ’97 Beijing International Conference on Graduate Education, edited by the Secretariat of ’97 BICGE, 1997, p. 47 – 51.
  • “A Comparison of the Educational Theories and Practices of Dewey and Mao in China.” PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN: Papers of the 27th Annual Conference. Oxford, England, April 16-18, 1993, p. 35 – 40.
  • “Reconstruction from Lessons learned from Dewey and Mao in China in the 20th Century.” Proceedings of Conference on Chinese Education for the 21st Century, University of Virginia Press, 1992, p. 125 – 133.
  • Booknote on “China’s Universities and the Open Door, by R. Hayhoe,” Harvard Educational Review, Vol. 60, No. 2, May 1990, p. 268. Chapter 1 & 2 of An elusive science by Ellen Lagemann, (Chinese edition). Beijing, China: Science & Education Press (in press).