Chinese Education Tradition- The Imperial Examination System In Feudal China

He Gan

Abstract


The nowadays focus in China - the national entrance examination is
said to be the survival of the Imperial Examination System. The Imperial
Examination System which lasted 1300 years is the longest educational
system in Chinese history. As Sanderson put forth: "It is widely recognized
that many of the problems of present-day society are deeply rooted in
the past …" (Sanderson 1978:3). A reflection on Chinese educational
tradition which is the soul of Chinese culture would give us a deeper
understanding and more enlightenment of present day Chinese educational
system and provide more sound practice in the forthcoming educational
transformation. The research demonstrates that the social structural
conditioning is the precondition of the development of the Imperial
Examination System, while the Imperial Examination
System reflected the structural conditioning of its time.


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