Higher Education Forum Volume 18
2021-03 発行

A Comparative Analysis of Liberal Arts Models in Three Institutions from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Mou, Leping
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abstract
This research aims to examine the liberal arts models of three institutions in three Chinese societies. The theoretical framework for the study is the capabilities approach. I use a qualitative method of document analysis to examine educational goals, missions, and curricula in the three institutions. The research finds that, with a focus on whole-person cultivation, liberal arts education in the three institutions follows the global model, but their curricula and understandings of liberal arts education are influenced by their social contexts and specific political, cultural, and historical factors. The study contributes to research regarding the diversification of university models at a time when the global research university dominates all ranking systems.
subject
capabilities approach
Chinese societies
Confucianism
East Asia
general education
liberal arts education
whole person cultivation