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ERIC Number: EJ1103917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1673-341X
For the Future of Chinese Universities: Three Conversations from the Past
Pickus, David
Frontiers of Education in China, v11 n1 p23-43 2016
This article argues that ideas from the ancient past supply insight about the future of Chinese universities. I make this case by outlining three claims about the nature and purpose of education in Homer, Plato, and Augustine. I propose that conversations based on these ideas illuminate central underlying problems facing Chinese higher education today: Educating the next generation to be properly assertive and make complex judgments, and helping faculty see their own motives and impact clearly. To show this, I explain why discussions of ancient Western authors are useful for the present moment, explaining what vistas these texts open. I conclude by clarifying how the exercise can help China achieve its educational goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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