Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education

1st Edition

Charlene Tan

Routledge
July 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780367367220 - CAT# 327863
Series: Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education

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Summary

Most people would not associate Confucian philosophy with contemporary education. After all, the former is an ancient Chinese tradition and the latter is a modern phenomenon. But this book shows otherwise, by explaining how millennia-old Confucian ideas and practices can inform, inspire and improve teaching and learning today. Drawing upon major Confucian texts such as the Analects and Mencius, as well as influential thinkers such as Confucius, Zhu Xi and Empress Xu, the various chapters address current educational issues and challenges such as the following:
• How can humanity resolve the climate emergency?
• What (more) should schools do to promote education for girls?
• Is there more to lifelong learning than just skills upgrading?
• Is teacher-centred education really bad?
• What is missing in the existing frameworks on 21st century competencies?
• What new initiatives are needed to champion sustainable development?
 
Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education answers the above questions and more by presenting a Confucian model of education. The author describes a Confucian school where Dao – a shared vision of human excellence – is realised through an inclusive, mindful, learning-centred and ultimately humanising form of education.
This book is a useful resource for academic researchers, educators, students and general readers on Confucian philosophy and its continual relevance for present-day education.

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