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ERIC Number: EJ1056137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Beyond Rote-Memorisation: Confucius' Concept of Thinking
Tan, Charlene
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n5 p428-439 2015
Confucian education is often associated with rote-memorisation that is characterised by sheer repetition of facts with no or little understanding of the content learnt. But does Confucian education necessarily promote rote-memorisation? What does Confucius himself have to say about education? This article aims to answer the above questions by examining Confucius' concept of "si" (thinking) based on a textual study of the "Analects." It is argued that Confucius' concept of "si" primarily involves an active inquiry into issues that concern one's everyday life, promotes inferential thinking, and facilitates self-examination. Far from advocating rote-memorisation, Confucius highlights the need for us to take ownership of our own learning, engage in higher order thinking, and reflectively apply the lessons learnt in our lives.
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Language: English
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