Liberal Arts Education in a Changing Society

A New Perspective on Chinese Higher Education

In Liberal Arts Education in a Changing Society: A New Perspective on Chinese Higher Education You Guo Jiang, S. J. provides a unique focus on the re-emergence of liberal arts education in China. This is the first book that explores in depth the development of liberal arts education in China.

Through the extensive use of first hand materials relating to the liberal arts and current viewpoints of Chinese scholars and higher education leaders, Jiang concludes that China must implement a good liberal arts education program to form responsible global citizens.
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Biographical Note

You Guo Jiang, S. J. Ph. D. (2012), Boston College, is Assistant Dean and Visiting professor at that university. He has published monographs, articles on international and liberal arts education, and translations on higher education and spirituality.

Table of contents

Foreword: Liberal Arts and China’s Higher Education
     Ruth Hayhoe
Foreword: The Relevance of the Liberal Arts in a Global Context
     Philip G. Altbach

Chapter 1 Introduction
Conceptual Framework
Definitions of Liberal Arts Education
Defining Liberal Arts Education in the Chinese Context
Methodology
Validity and Reliability
Content of Chapters
Significance of This Book
Liberal Arts Education in a Global Context
Recent Discussions of Liberal Arts Education in China
Conclusion

Chapter 2 Liberal Arts Education in the Chinese Context
Confucian Tradition
Transformation of Western Tradition and Culture
Liberal Arts Education in the Modern Chinese Period
     The New China Era (1949–1978)
     The Open Door Era (1978–Present)
Unprecedented Expansion and Development
Review of Chinese Policies Regarding Higher Education
Liberal Arts Programs Developed by Major Chinese Higher Education Institutions
Conclusion

Chapter 3 The Liberal Arts Tradition in Education
Liberal Arts Education in the Western Historical Context
The Jesuit Tradition of Liberal Arts Education
The Impact of Harvard and Yale
Liberal Arts Education in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century in the United States and Europe
Liberal Arts Education in the Twentieth Century
Research on Liberal Arts Education in China
Conclusion

Chapter 4 Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and East China Normal University: Background and Context
Fudan University
     The Jesuit and Catholic Context
    The Founding of Fudan
    Fudan in the Post-Revolution Period
    Curriculum Development at Fudan
    Fudan Liberal Arts College
    Structure of Fudan Liberal Arts College
    Liberal Arts Education Core Curriculum Modules
    Life and Culture of Residential Colleges
    Conclusion

Shanghai Jiaotong University
     Historical Background
    Liberal Arts Education in Shanghai Jiaotong University
    Liberal Arts Education Curriculum
    Methods of Implementing the Liberal Arts Curriculum
    Methods of Evaluating the Quality of Liberal Arts Education Courses
    Conclusion

East China Normal University
     Historical Background
    Liberal Arts Education in ECNU
    The Liberal Arts Curriculum
    Meng Xiancheng Liberal Arts College

Conclusion

Chapter 5 The Development of Liberal Arts Curricula at Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and East China Normal University
Historical View
Definitions of Liberal Arts Education at Three Shanghai Universities
Curriculum Development at Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, and ECNU
     Historical Background
    Curriculum Reform at Fudan University
    Curriculum Reform at Shanghai Jiaotong University
    Curriculum Reform at East China Normal University
    Summary

Faculty Views on a Liberal Arts Curriculum
The Role of Faculty Members in Implementing a Liberal Arts Curriculum
Attitudes of Students, Administrators, and Policy Makers toward Liberal Arts Curriculum Reform
The Impact of the Labor Market on Implementing a Liberal Arts Curriculum
Conclusion

Chapter 6 Critical Thinking in the Context of Liberal Arts Education
Defining Critical Thinking
Curricular Challenges to Critical Thinking in the Chinese Context
     Critical Thinking in the High School System
    Emphasis on STEM, IT, and Business Courses
    Derailment of the Purpose of Education

The Role of Teachers in Educating Students to Think Critically
Evaluation for Faculty Promotion
Tension over Critical Thinking: Ideological-Political Education Course Requirements
Mentorship Programs and Critical Thinking
Conclusion

Chapter 7 Moral Reasoning in the Context of Liberal Arts Education
Moral Education versus Character Education
Moral Reasoning Education in China: A Historical Approach
Contemporary Concern about Teaching Moral Reasoning through Liberal Arts Education in China
The Aim of Moral Reasoning
Moral Reasoning Education and the Liberal Arts in Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, and ECNU
     Moral Reasoning Education at Fudan
    Moral Reasoning Education at Shanghai Jiaotong
    Moral Reasoning Education at ECNU

The Religious Dimension in Moral Reasoning Education
Challenges to Moral Reasoning Education from High School and Family
The Impact of Corruption on Moral Reasoning Education
Training Teachers in Moral Reasoning Education
Conclusion

Chapter 8 Spirituality in the Context of Liberal Arts Education
A Definition of Spirituality
Spirituality in the Chinese Context
     Historical Perspectives
    Perspectives on Spirituality in Confucian Tradition
    Perspectives on Spirituality in Modern China

Spiritual Development at Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, and ECNU
     Curriculum Development and the Role of Teachers
    Policy Concerns and Spiritual Development
    Service Learning and Spirituality

Conclusion

Chapter 9 Rethinking the Transmission of Culture and Philosophy in the Liberal Arts
Developing a Curriculum to Cultivate Critical Thinking
The Role of Faculty Members in Liberal Arts Education Development
Government Policies on Liberal Arts Education Development
Internationalization and Globalization
Confucian Philosophy and Moral Reasoning
Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion
Secondary Education and the College Admissions System
Spiritual Development in the Context of Liberal Arts Education
Conclusion

Chapter 10 Afterword: Liberal Arts Education in a Changing Society
The Broader Development and Implications of Liberal Arts Education
The Philosophy of Culture in Liberal Arts Education
The Challenges of Liberal Arts Education in Chinese Universities
     The Role of Teachers in the Development of Liberal Arts Education
    Employment and Economic Concerns
    Professional Ethics in Chinese Universities

The Purpose and Goal of Education
Future Trends

References

Readership

All interested in the development of Chinese higher education in general and liberal arts education in particular, and those who concerned with student development in China.

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