The Confucian Concept of Learning

  • Liqing Tao


This chapter focuses on the Confucian concept of learning, which has been influential for generations in China and other Asian countries. The concept is learner based with a clear emphasis on efforts, thinking, questioning, and practices. Learning is conceptualized as involving both individual participation and collective sharing, and is a continuously deepening process with an ultimate purpose of self-transformation. Teachers are learners as well in such conceptualization, practicing what they are teaching and becoming a part of the learning community. Such a conceptualization helps in re-considering our view of learning and assessments, as well as providing insight into the growing body of students culturally influenced by the Confucian heritage.


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  • Liqing Tao
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  1. 1.School of EducationCollege of Staten Island/City University of New YorkStaten IslandUSA

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