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Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education

1st Edition

By Charlene Tan


264 pages

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pub: 2020-07-01
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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.

Table of Contents

1. Daxue (Great Learning) and Neoliberal Education 2. Lunyu (Analects) and Education for Sustainable Development 3. Mengzi (Mencius) and Global Citizenship Education 4. Zhongyong (Harmonious Balance in Everyday Affairs) and Lifelong Learning 5. Xueji (Record of Teaching and Learning) and the School as a Learning Organisation 6. Xunzi and Learning-Centred Education 7. Zhu Xi and 21st Century Competencies 8. Wang Yangming and Environmental Education 9. Nü Sishu (Four Books for Women) and Education for Girls 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Charlene Tan, PhD in Philosophy, has spent the past two decades as a schoolteacher and teacher educator in Singapore. Currently teaching at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University, she is also a visiting professor at East China Normal University.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education

The philosophy of education is enjoying a resurgence of interest internationally, in line with the growing attention worldwide to education's seminal importance in shaping societies, economies and people's lives. This series brings together some of the leading experts from around the world, and provides an outlet for the very latest cutting-edge research.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

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Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects