This handbook is a unique and major resource on modern educators of Asia and their contribution to Asian educational development through the 19th and 20th centuries when modernization started in Asia. In one comprehensive volume, this handbook covers a selection of modern educators from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia – and their contributions to the development of modern education, practically and theoretically. The diversity of cultures and religion as well as the multilinguistic and ethnic context have made Asian modernization unique and complex. Educational modernization in Asia reflected this historical context in many ways and resulted in the diverse forms of learning, teaching, institutions, and administration.
Modern Asian educators compiled in this handbook represent various fields of Asian society: not only educational but cultural and social fields like academia, politics, economics, religion, literature, theatre, fine arts, and civic genres including the media. Through this Handbook, readers may discover the individual modern educators, male and female, and their contributions to Asian educational modernization. All of them were committed to the cause of education for children, youth, adults and in particular women.
In addition, this volume has an extraordinarily rich subject index which can be an excellent guide and introduction to information touching divergent dynamics of educational developments in modern Asia.
This insightful volume is perfect for students and researchers working on history of education, comparative education and educational development, particularly for those interested in Asian contexts.
Table of Contents
Guidelines for Readers
Routledge Encyclopedia of Modern Asian Educators (Shin’ichi Suzuki)
Part 1: East Asia
Chapter 1 Chinese Modern Educators (Gu Mingyu an, Gao Yinmin, and Zhou Zhong)
Chapter 2 Japanese Modern Educators (Shn’ichi Suzuki)
Chapter 3 Korean Modern Educators (Ji-Yeon Hong)
Part 2: South Asia
Chapter 4 South Asian Modern Educators (Parimala V. Rao)
Part 3: Southeast Asia
Chapter 5 Southeast Asian Modern Educators (Shin’ichi Suzuki)
Annex I International and Regional Editorial Committees
Annex II Educator Biography Authors
Annex III Index
Shin'ichi Suzuki is Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, Japan.
Gary McCulloch is Professor and Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Institute of Education, University of London, England.
Gu Mingyuan is Honorary President of the Chinese Society of Education at the International and Comparative Education Research Institute and Professor at Beijing Normal University, China.
Parimala V. Rao is Assistant Professor of History in Education at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She is also Junior Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
Ji-Yeon Hong is Vice-President and Professor of Education, Kyungmin College University, Korea.
‘Prof. Suzuki has created an important and excellent piece of work in developing this comprehensive collection of the biographies of influential educators in Asia. I believe he made an excellent choice of educators for the Japan section of the book and his editorial team working on the rest of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia is also of top caliber. I especially appreciate the focus on women educators as well as men. This encyclopedia will bring a balance in what has tended to be a Euro-centred approach to the history of modern education.’ - Ruth Hayhoe, Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, O.I.S.E, University of Toronto and President emerita, The Education University of Hong Kong
‘Prof. Suzuki has created a very important work. Asian educators have not enjoyed much spotlight in the world as the knowledge production system has been very much a Western centered one. The need for educators to meet, to learn, and to understand each other throughout the world is becoming ever more important in this increasingly global era. I believe the readers will find very useful information that will help them to understand the philosophy and ideas of Asian educators. Reading the book can be an important step to understand Asian success or experience in education.’ – Wang Yingjie, Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University, China
'The world is witnessing the rise (or perhaps renaissance) of the East, a development in which education continues to play an important role. Now, for the first time, we have a treasury of Asian Educators, which sketches the diverse contribution of some of Asia’s great scholars and reformers.' - Anthony R. Welch, Professor of Education, University of Sydney, Australia
'This encyclopedia provides readers with a rich, diverse source of data consisiting of a little more than 400 teachers of all kinds drawn from throughout East, South and Southeast Asia. A common theme is how educators in these regions helped their countries cope with the challenges of modernization and westernization. Also addressed are problems of language policy, the changing position of women in society, the various ways in which educational ideas, models and institutions have been “borrowed” from the West, and the challenges inherent in preparing young people for the fast-changing economies they are destined to inhabit.' - Robert W. Aspinall, Professor, Center for Global Education, Doshisha University, Japan