Maintaining education as a pedagogical space for human formation, this book is distinctive in looking at the crisis rather than the success of Chinese education. The editors and contributors, mostly overseas and mainland Chinese scholars, argue that modern Chinese education has been built upon a superficial and instrumental embrace of Western modernity and a fragmented appropriation of Chinese cultural heritage. They call for a rethinking and re-envisioning of Chinese education, grounded in and enriched by various cultural traditions and cross-cultural dialogues. Drawing on Chinese history and culture, Western and Chinese philosophies, curriculum and pedagogical theories, the collected volume analyzes (1) why education as person-making has failed to take root in contemporary China, (2) how the purpose of education has changed during the process of China’s modernization, and (3) what a rediscovery of the meaning of person-making implies for rethinking and re-envisioning Chinese education in the current age of globalization and social change. Re-envisioning Chinese Education: The meaning of person-making in a new age discusses among other issues:
This book will be relevant for scholars, researchers, and policy makers everywhere who seek a more balanced, more sophisticated, and philosophically better grounded understanding of Chinese education.
Foreword Ruth Hayhoe 1.Introduction Guoping Zhao & Zongyi Deng Part 1: Modernization and Chinese Education: Historical Perspectives 2. China’s Historical Encounter with the West and Modern Chinese Education Guoping Zhao 3. Cultivating Chinese Citizens: China’s Search for Modernization and National Rejuvenation Wing-Wah Law 4. Gewu Zhizhi and Curriculum Building Limin Bai 5. A Vision for One’s Own Life: Lessons from Hu Shi and Liang Shuming for Education in China Huajun Zhang Part 2: Discovering China’s Cultural Roots of Education 6. Making Person through Confucian Exegesis Zongjie Wu 7. Person-making and citizen-making in Confucianism and Their Implications on Contemporary Moral Education in China Xiaoling Ke 8. Rediscover Lasting Values: Confucian Cultural Learning Models in the 21st Century Jin Li 9. Huang Yanpei’s View of Folk Culture as a Person-Making Tool Thomas D. Curran Part 3: Re-envisioning Chinese Education as Person-Making 10. Civilizational Dialogue and a New Understanding of the Human Person: Implications for Chinese Education as Person-Making Guoping Zhao 11. Rethinking and Re-envisioning Chinese Didactics: Implications from the German Didaktik Tradition Zongyi Deng 12. The New Basic Education and the Development of Human Subjectivity: A Chinese Experience Yuhua Bu, Jing Xu and Zongyi Deng
China’s economic rise has been breathtaking and unprecedented. Yet educational opportunities remain highly unequal. China has the essential ingredients to build a great system of education, but educational governance needs an overhaul if China is to realize its goal of dramatically boosting its technological output to world-class levels. As more work by established Chinese and overseas scholars becomes accessible in English to the larger global community, myths will be removed and replaced by more accurate and sophisticated analyses of China’s fascinatingly complex educational transformation. This series will provide highly analytical examinations of key issues in China’s education system.
Professor Gerard A. Postiglione is Associate Dean (Research), Chair Professor of Higher Education, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education, as well as Director, Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.
In honor for his contribution and dedication to the field, Professor Postiglione will be inducted during the AERA 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. as a 2016 AERA Fellow. We congratulate him on this high achievement -- a true reflection of his excellence, achievement and commitment to his work.