Preservation of Confucian values in early childhood education : A study of experts’ and educators’ views

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Yim, Hoi Yin, 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. 7(1), pp. 51-68.
AuthorsYim, Hoi Yin, Lee, Lai Wan Maria and Ebbeck, Marjory
Abstract

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.

Keywordsearly childhood; Chinese; Hong Kong; Confucian value; Confucius
Year01 Jan 2013
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 51-68
PublisherPacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
ISSN1976-1961
Web address (URL)https://www.pecerajournal.com/detail/41384
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Page range51-68
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PrintJan 2013
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AcceptedDec 2012
Deposited22 May 2024
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Copyright 2012 by THE PACIFIC EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION.

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