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Preservation of confucian values in early childhood education : a study of experts’ and educators’ views

Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie, Lee, Lai Wan Maria and Ebbeck, Marjory 2013, Preservation of confucian values in early childhood education : a study of experts’ and educators’ views, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 51-68.

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Title Preservation of confucian values in early childhood education : a study of experts’ and educators’ views
Author(s) Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie
Lee, Lai Wan Maria
Ebbeck, Marjory
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 68
Total pages 18
Publisher Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 1976-1961
Keyword(s) early childhood
Chinese
Hong Kong
Confucian value
Confucius
Summary Confucian values form the core of the Chinese culture, penetrating all levels of social life, and also set the standards for family, community and political behavior. The teaching of values is deemed to be an important aspect of young children’s education and usually the responsibility for this is seen to rest with the family. Much interest has been generated recently on the teaching of core values in early childhood curriculum in order to encourage tolerance, acceptance, trust, openness, and honesty in children. Research on Confucianism is popularly conducted in different cultural contexts all over the world. Furthermore research has shown that Confucianism continues to exert a major influence on the everyday lives of Asian communities. Given the interest in Confucian values, this research study was designed to examine the expressed views of three cohorts of professionals in Hong Kong about the preservation of such values and their application to early childhood teaching. This study confirmed the view that there is a need to preserve cultural values to enable the child to be accepted in the society, especially with the value of ‘Ren’ helping one to learn how to interact with others and with the value of ‘Li’ further defining the appropriate behaviour in this interaction.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
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