Education in Traditional China: A History

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This is the first comprehensive study in English on the social, institutional and intellectual aspects of traditional Chinese education. The book introduces the Confucian ideal of 'studying for one's own sake', but argues that various intellectual traditions combined to create China's educational legacy.
The book studies the development of schools and the examination system, the interaction between state, society and education, and the vicissitudes of the private academies. It ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive study in English on the social, institutional and intellectual aspects of traditional Chinese education. The book introduces the Confucian ideal of 'studying for one's own sake', but argues that various intellectual traditions combined to create China's educational legacy.
The book studies the development of schools and the examination system, the interaction between state, society and education, and the vicissitudes of the private academies. It examines family education, life of intellectuals, and the conventions of intellectual discourse. It also discusses the formation of the tradition of classical learning, and presents the first detailed account of student movements in traditional China, with an extensive bibliography. While a general survey, this book includes various new ideas and inquiries. It concludes with a critical evaluation of China's rich educational experiences.

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Lee (history and Asian studies, City College of New York) offers a survey and critique of the social, institutional, and intellectual aspects of traditional Chinese education. He describes the development of schools and the examination system, the interaction between state, society, and education, and the vicissitudes of the private academies. The book examines family education, the life of the intellectual, and the conventions of intellectual discourse. It also discusses the formation of the traditions of classical learning, and presents a detailed account of student movements in traditional China. Chapters focus on topics like ideal in Chinese education, its institutional history, its intellectual history, changing curriculums, literacy, family and technical education, and the students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Thomas H.C. Lee, Ph.D. (Yale, 1975), is Professor of History and Asian Studies at The City College of New York. He has published broadly on Chinese education and intellectual history, including Government Education and Examinations in Sung China (1985).
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