Journal of Social Sciences

CONFUCIANISM AND CHARACTER EDUCATION: A CHINESE VIEW

Mei-Ju Chou, Yi-Chan Tu and Kai-Ping Huang

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2013.59.66

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 2

Pages 59-66

Abstract

The principles of Confucianism are founded on humaneness, righteousness, propriety, knowledge, integrity and filial piety. These principles have found their way to the Chinese culture since the days of Confucius. The study reviews the concept of Confucianism and its influence in Chinese context. Also, the relationship between Confucianism and character education is discussed. Character education is based on the transmission of values and within Chinese society and most of these values have been founded on the teachings of Confucius. Filial piety has strongly been conditioned within the principles of Confucianism and the respect of one’s elders. Character education has been promoted by teachers and elders who focus on the transmission of values from one generation to the next. Character education is supported by the theories and teachings set out by Confucius, mostly in relation to humaneness and integrity, as well as collectivism. The individualistic trends are discarded within character education, as the welfare of the society and the collective is prioritized.

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© 2013 Mei-Ju Chou, Yi-Chan Tu and Kai-Ping Huang. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.