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1st Edition

Life and Moral Education in Greater China

ISBN 9780367341466
Published March 30, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Arguing for life, moral and values education as a bedrock for the original goals of school education, this monograph explores how life and values education is conceptualised and imparted in Greater China.

Under a globalized, transnational, and technological world, where there has been an increase in people’s mobility, in information and cultural exchanges, there is also a growing emphasis on personal and professional ethics. Against this context, life, moral and values education has gained attention for its impact on shaping students' characters as future citizens. However, the cultivation of these values is made deeply diversified and complex by varying interpretations of "life education" and "values education" across societies, given that different societies are influenced by different socio-cultural traditions, educational ideologies and religious beliefs. The means and approaches towards life education also vary vastly from formal school subjects, school-based programmes as well as teachers and peers’ role modelling, community services, extra-curricular activities, school discipline, charity work, pastoral care, and school ethos.

Recognising this inherent diversity and complexity in the approach to and the dissemination of life education, the contributors to this volume survey the practice of life education in Greater China so far, suggesting that life education is most effective when it is "diversified, dynamic and developmental across contexts". This book will provide the opportunity for engaging in important and serious debates about the future and the values that will underpin it and will prove of special interest to scholars and practitioners working on education policies curriculum development and teacher education in Greater China.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Life and Moral Education in the Greater China Region
John Chi-Kin Lee, Stephen Yam-Wing Yip and Raymong Ho-Man Kwong

Part I: Life and Moral Education in the Greater China Region: Policies, Practices and Prospects

2. The Philosophical Basis of Life Education
Johannes Hsiao-Chih Sun and John Chi-Kin Lee

3. Life Education Policy Development in Taiwan: Personal Reflections
Lucia Shih-Ling Lin and John Chi-Kin Lee

4. Life and Moral Education in Mainland China: School Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects
Jianjun Feng, John Chi-Kin Lee and Stephen Yam-Wing Yip

5. The Value Orientations of Life Education and Implementation Strategies in Mainland China
Chuan Xiao, Zhuan Cao, John Chi-Kin Lee and Xingzhou Zhang

6. Understanding Life Education in Mainland China: Views Through the Lens of Moral-Civic Education
Chuanbao Tan, Zhenzhou Zhao and John Chi-Kin Lee

7. Life Education in Taiwan: School Experiences, Challenges and Prospects
Li-Yen Chen and John Chi-Kin Lee

8. Life and Moral Education in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Parent and Community Engagement Experiences, Challenges and Prospects
Chin-Lung Chen, John Chi-Kin Lee, Meng Xie and Raymong Ho-Man Kong

9. Life and Moral Education in Macau
Sammy King-Fai Hui and Patrick Pui-Ho Yun

Part II: Theoretical Foundations and Contexts of Life and Moral Education

10. Learning to Live Together: A Hong Kong Perspective
John Chi-Kin Lee

11. Influence of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism on Chinese Life and Moral Education
Siu-Wai Wu and John Chi-Kin Lee

12. Life Education, Positive Education and Character Education in Greater China: Theory, Research and Practice
Ming-Tak Hue

13. Conclusion: The Prospects of Life and Moral Education in Greater China Region
Stephen Yam Wing Yip, Raymong Ho-Man Kong and John Chi-Kin Lee

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John Chi-Kin Lee is Vice President (Academic) and Provost, Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Director of the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is also UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning and SEAMEO Fellow. He is also the Editor of International Journal of Children’s Spirituality and leading Co-editor of Routledge Series on Life and Values Education.

Stephen Yam-Wing Yip is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Education University of Hong Kong.

Raymond Ho-Man Kong is the Centre Manager of the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at The Education University of Hong Kong.