This book introduces four influential Chinese educators of the later 20th century whose writings had enormous influence on many dimensions of the educational reforms which underly China’s remarkable transformation into a global superpower. None of them published in English and only Li Bingde, a leader in educational experimentation, had studied abroad. Huang Ji at Beijing Normal University was an educational philosopher who interpreted Chinese classical texts as well as arts such as calligraphy and painting in ways that brought new life to Chinese pedagogy. Lu Jie at Nanjing Normal University and Wang Fengxian at Northeast Normal University were leaders in developing a whole new approach to moral education that highlighted subjectivity and self awakening as China became a socialist market economy.
Ruth Hayhoe, Ph.D (1984), University of London, is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Toronto. She served as Cultural Attaché in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (1989-91) and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (1997-2002). She has published widely and China through the Lens of Comparative Education appeared in Routledge’s World Library of Educationalists in 2015.
Jun Li, Ph.D (1992, East China Normal University; 2006, University of Maryland at College Park), is a Professor at Western University in Canada. He has focused on comparative studies of education and East Asia for the past four decades, recently advocating the improvement of policy and leadership in comparative and international education, higher education, teacher education, citizenship education and civil society.
Julia Pan (Ph.D 1996, University of Toronto) is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Introduction: Insights from Pioneering Chinese Educators
Edited by Ruth Hayhoe, Jun Li and Julia Pan
PART 1: Professor Li Bingde’s Articles
1 On the So-called Adaptation of Education to Meet Social Needs
2 Making Experimental Research on Chinese Language Teaching More Scientific
3 A Scientific Attitude towards Educational Experiments
4 On Essential Elements of Teaching and Their Interrelationships
5 A Brief Overview of Sino-Western Exchange: Past and Present
PART 2: Professor Lu Jie’s Articles
6 Education: A Practical Activity for Constructing the Human Self
7 Moral Education in China’s Social Transition: Where Is the Future?
8 Life-Based Moral Education Curriculum: On the Changes in China’s Moral Education Curriculum in Primary Schools
9 Cultivation of Knowledge Persons: An Educational Belief Worthy of Critical Reflection
10 An Answer to Globalization: Enhancing Cultural Awareness
PART 3: Professor Wang Fengxian’s Articles
11 Marx’s Theory of Alienation and All-round Human Development
12 Exploration on Education Modernization and Cross-cultural Exchange Intersections in China
13 Critical Reflections on the Hot Issue of “Education Industrialization” in China
PART 4: Professor Huang Ji’s Articles
14 An Overview of Chinese Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education
15 Historical Trajectory and Characteristics of Educational Philosophy in Ancient China
16 Human Subjectivity and Education
17 Some Reflections on Educational Reform
All interested in Chinese education and its impact on China's transformation.