Shaping the ideal child : children and their primers in late Imperial China / Limin Bai
- Bai, Limin
- Hong Kong : The Chinese University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xxiv, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: Foreword / Ruth Hayhoe -- 1.The education of children : the Chinese approach -- 2.Primers and the establishment of Confucian education -- 3.The school of Wang Yangming and Ming-Qing primers -- 4.Shaping the ideal child : ritualising the body -- 5.Shaping the ideal child : modelling on exemplary deeds -- 6.Basic elementary training and the instillation of morals -- 7.Peasant children and the Confucian ideal society.
- "Shaping the Ideal Child examined traditional Chinese literacy primers in the context of intellectual involvement in child education in China from the tenth century to the late nineteenth century. Based on solid research, it analyses the history and contents of the primers, investigating how Chinese children in pre-modern times learned to read and write, and what they studied apart from the Confucian classics. It goes on to probe the unique characteristics of the traditional Chinese pedagogical approach to children, and the substantial differences in the education provided for children of the gentry and those of the peasantry. Examining the motivation of some of the authors of these primers, who were also Confucian scholars, the book points to a close link between elite conceptions of children and Confucian attempts to construct an ideal society through child education. It thus provides a new perspective on traditional Chinese society and culture that is very relevant to our understanding of education in China today." --Book Jacket.
- 9629961148 (cloth)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (-301) and index.
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