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ERIC Number: EJ982250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Philosophy of Vocational Education in China: A Historical Overview
Schmidtke, Carsten; Chen, Peng
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v46 n3 p432-448 Aug 2012
Historically, Chinese educational philosophy has been dominated by Confucianism and, since 1949, by Marxism. However, rapid industrialization, ideological demands, and loyalty to traditions have now led to a situation where various Western philosophies have been adopted into vocational education in hopes of moving the country forward without challenging the status quo too vigorously. The result is that China presently has no clear philosophical foundation that can help the country make solid decisions on how vocational education shall contribute to economic growth and social improvements. Awareness of one's philosophy, however, is important for vocational educators so that they can make well-founded decisions about their teaching. The authors hope that by presenting an overview of which philosophies have been adopted in the past and the influence they have had on practitioners and policymakers, scholars can engage in a debate on which vocational education philosophy can help train China's workforce most effectively and support continued economic growth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China