July 28 – August 8, 2014 (Term 2)
Mon – Fri 13:00-17:00 Scarfe 1210
Dr. Zhang Hua
Professor and Dean in the Graduate School of Educational Studies
Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang Province, PR China
Course description: East wisdom traditions are mainly formed by Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Among them, Confucianism is the leading one. What is the philosophical essence and era meanings of these wisdom traditions? What is the Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist visions of curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher education? To understand education based on east wisdom traditions has twofold significance of theory and practice. John Dewey’s philosophy is right at the connecting point between east and west civilizations. So, to explore the relationship between John Dewey’s philosophy and east wisdom traditions is of special significance to construct international theories of curriculum and teacher education.