DEVELOPMENT OF MORAL CHARACTER IN THE PEOPLES-REPUBLIC-OF-CHINA - SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATORS

Authors
Citation
Xl. Hu et Ts. Korllos, DEVELOPMENT OF MORAL CHARACTER IN THE PEOPLES-REPUBLIC-OF-CHINA - SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATORS, International review of education, 41(1-2), 1995, pp. 59-72
Citations number
22
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Education & Educational Research
ISSN journal
0020-8566
Volume
41
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
1995
Pages
59 - 72
Database
ISI
SICI code
0020-8566(1995)41:1-2<59:DOMCIT>2.0.ZU;2-C
Abstract
This paper presents data gathered from a sample of mainland Chinese un iversity students to test some assumptions about social control theory . According to theory dating back to Durkheim, the most important mech anism for exerting social control in a population is the process of de velopment of moral character. While political socialization is the dom inant influence in the People's Republic of China, the family, the med ia, and particularly the educational system are used to play important roles in the creation of model members of that society. Findings from questions on morality, modernity and the influence of schooling indic ate the formation of strong moral views and the apparent absorption of state values. While the limitations of the data do not permit wider g eneralization, the results suggest the success of the state in transfe rring central values to at the least the younger age group.