Learning Through Intuition in Early China

  • Ming De Yuen


In this chapter, I offer a few generalisations about the early classical Chinese views of education and then propose some general principles that underline the methods and practices of the classical Chinese teachers with respect to the tapping of the intuitive understandings of their disciples. I highlight certain qualities of the key classical Chinese philosophers that might have made them good teachers in their own time. I believe that those qualities are still relevant today in our own society. The criterion of what makes a person educated may be different, but the individual desire to learn and to make sense of the world is the same. People naturally observe, deconstruct, piece together and create their own knowledge, and they learn best when their intrinsic motivation is harnessed by the teacher.


Ethical Leader Moral Development Private Tutoring Common People Propositional Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office of Education ResearchNational Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore

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