Education as Cultivation in Chinese Culture

Education as Cultivation in Chinese Culture

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Given the increasing global interest in Chinese culture, this book uses case studies to describe and interpret Chinese cultivation in contemporary Taiwanese schools. Cultivation is a concept unique to Chinese culture and is characterized by different attitudes towards teaching and learning compared to Western models of education. The book starts with a discussion of human nature in Chinese schools of philosophy and levels of goodness. Following the philosophical background is a presentation of how cultivation is practiced in Chinese culture from prenatal through high school education. The case studies focus both on how students are cultivated as they become members of Chinese society, and on what role teachers play in cultivating the children in school. In addition, supports from Chinese educational institutions, including public schools, families, and organizations such as private cram schools, are introduced and explained. In closing, the book presents a critique of the modern school reform movement and the conflicts between the reform proposals and traditional practices. Based on the collective work of Taiwanese researchers in the fields of education, history and anthropology, the book identifies the purpose of education as cultivating virtue in a process of creating an ideal person who serves society, and describes the way teachers have carried on this tradition despite its faltering status in contemporary educational discourse and in the face of reform movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789811013300
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Series: Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects , #26
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Shihkuan Hsu is a professor at the Center for Teacher Education, National Taiwan University.

Yuh-Yin Wu is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Counselling, National Taipei University of Education, and currently serves as the Dean of College of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction

Chapter 2Human Nature and Learning in Ancient China

Chapter 3The Chinese Way of Goodness

Chapter 4Teaching at an Early Age

Chapter 5Conflicting Images of Taiwanese Young Children

Chapter 6Primary Schooling in Taiwan

Chapter 7The Studying and Striving of Secondary Students

Chapter 8Art Transforms Destiny: The Unified Examination and Fine Art Education

Chapter 9 Education-Based Mobility and the Chinese Civilization

Chapter 10The conflict between social mobility and individual development

Chapter 11Teachers’ Dual Responsibilities for Academic Achievement and Character Development

Chapter 12Finding a New Identify for Teachers

Chapter 13Conclusion


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