The constitution of The People's Republic of China has institutionalized a separation between religion and education, and the government has played a predominant role in controlling schooling under the socialist regime. Against this background, the purpose of this chapter is to explore how China's religious traditions influence educational practice. The chapter is composed of four main sections. We first discuss what "religious education" means in the Chinese context and the educational and societal challenges in teaching about religion. Then we adopt a citizenship perspective to analyse the tension between religion and modern nation-states in education and the reasons why religion increasingly matters for Chinese education and society. We conclude the chapter with some thoughts about the implications for current educational policies and practices. Copyright © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
|Title of host publication||Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times|
|Editors||Kerry John KENNEDY, Chi Kin John LEE|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, Oxon|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Aug 2020|
CitationZhao, Z., & Hunzai, N. A. (2021). Religious education in China: Religious diversity and citizenship building. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times (pp. 12-27). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
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