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ERIC Number: EJ1087264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Teacher-Directed and Learner-Engaged: Exploring a Confucian Conception of Education
Tan, Charlene
Ethics and Education, v10 n3 p302-312 2015
Against a backdrop of an international trend to shift from a teacher-centred to a learner-centred education, this article explores a Confucian conception of education. Focusing on an ancient Chinese text "Xueji" (Record of Learning), the essay examines its educational ideals and practices based on the principles of "choice", "doing" and "power relationship". It is argued that the educational model in the "Xueji" does not fit the description of a learner-centred education as commonly understood in the Western literature. Rather, the "Xueji" advocates a "teacher-directed and learner-engaged" approach by giving the teacher control over the curriculum and authority over the learners while encouraging the learners to participate actively in the learning process. In proposing a conception that is not exactly learner-centred, the "Xueji" challenges the assumption that "good" education must necessarily be learner-centred.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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