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ERIC Number: EJ1046436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Mencius' Educational Philosophy and Its Contemporary Relevance
Huang, Chun-chieh
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n13 p1462-1473 2014
This article argues that Mencius' education is "holistic education" that aims at igniting the "silent revolution" from within one's inner mind-heart to be unfolded in society, state, and the world. Mencius' educational philosophy is based on his theory of human nature and his theory of self-cultivation. Mencius affirms the totality of human life because he insists that the "personal," the "socio-political," and the "cosmic" form a continuum. On the basis of "totality" of one's life, Mencius regards the educational process as the prompting of the overall awakening of the learner's subjectivity. Moreover, Mencius considers that the human mind-heart is the creator of values and that human life is endowed with innate capacity to make moral judgments. Mencius holds that the most effective educational methodology is a sort of cultivation of the mind-heart through internal self-reflection. Moreover, Mencius insists that the principles of teaching are to be according to the student's talent and that the teacher has to make oneself as a paradigm. In conclusion, Mencius' educational philosophy reminds us of the importance of "emic" approach of education and the true goal of education in this age of increased quantification, standardization, and commercialization.
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Language: English
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