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Article: Metamorphosis of Confucian heritage culture and the possibility of an Asian education research methodology

TitleMetamorphosis of Confucian heritage culture and the possibility of an Asian education research methodology
Authors
KeywordsEvolving Confucianism
Cultural heritage
Research methodology
Philosophy of science
Western perception
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03050068.asp
Citation
Comparative Education, 2011, v. 47 n. 3, p. 381-393 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper opens with a critical analysis of a paradox in contemporary educational research in and about Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC): the assumption that national boundaries coincide with those of a distinct and homogeneous culture, which consistently renders a rather homogenous set of educational phenomena, and collides against a more widely accepted discourse - culture transcends geographical frontiers and is ever evolving in character. It is claimed that this paradox is due to the fact that a thin conception of CHC competes neck-andneck with a thick conception of it. This paper also addresses the possibility of an ad hoc education research methodology in and about CHC and its compliance issues regarding the mainstream Western research dynamics and philosophy of science. Confucian elements relevant to CHC research rationale are discussed to argue that: first, research is inextricably a moral act insofar as free actors are involved in it; second, most sui generis methodological problems attached to CHC occur in the sphere of ethics; and, third, a research methodology that takes into account phenomenographic variation could be the best suited to ease emic- etic tensions inherent to CHC-based research. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125476
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dc.contributor.authorPark, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:33:37Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:33:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationComparative Education, 2011, v. 47 n. 3, p. 381-393en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0305-0068en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125476-
dc.description.abstractThis paper opens with a critical analysis of a paradox in contemporary educational research in and about Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC): the assumption that national boundaries coincide with those of a distinct and homogeneous culture, which consistently renders a rather homogenous set of educational phenomena, and collides against a more widely accepted discourse - culture transcends geographical frontiers and is ever evolving in character. It is claimed that this paradox is due to the fact that a thin conception of CHC competes neck-andneck with a thick conception of it. This paper also addresses the possibility of an ad hoc education research methodology in and about CHC and its compliance issues regarding the mainstream Western research dynamics and philosophy of science. Confucian elements relevant to CHC research rationale are discussed to argue that: first, research is inextricably a moral act insofar as free actors are involved in it; second, most sui generis methodological problems attached to CHC occur in the sphere of ethics; and, third, a research methodology that takes into account phenomenographic variation could be the best suited to ease emic- etic tensions inherent to CHC-based research. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03050068.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofComparative Educationen_HK
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in Comparative Education, 2011, v. 47 n. 3, p. 381-393. The article is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03050068.2011.586769-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectEvolving Confucianism-
dc.subjectCultural heritage-
dc.subjectResearch methodology-
dc.subjectPhilosophy of science-
dc.subjectWestern perception-
dc.titleMetamorphosis of Confucian heritage culture and the possibility of an Asian education research methodologyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0305-0068&volume=47&issue=3&spage=381&epage=393&date=2011&atitle=Metamorphosis+of+Confucian+Heritage+Culture+and+the+possibility+of+an+Asian+education+research+methodologyen_HK
dc.identifier.emailPark, J: jpark@graduate.hku.hk, jaepark@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityPark, J=rp00947en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03050068.2011.586769-
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