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The System Direction of the Practice of Aesthetic Education in Chinese Textbooks of the Republic of China

Yao Xiao


The compilation concept of teaching materials is inseparable from the macro historical background of the times.
On the surface, the concept of aesthetic education belongs to the concept of education, but in essence it is far beyond the
scope of education. It is the product of the modern bourgeoisie in the pursuit of ideal personality. At the end of the Qing
Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China, with the cultivation and return of a large number of talents studying
abroad, western modern aesthetics, aesthetic education and philosophy began to be introduced into China. In addition,
Chinese culture has its own aesthetic education traditions such as “poetry education” and “music education”. Under this
background, people of insight found the unique value of aesthetic education and affirmed the emotion. The significance
and function of interest and beauty in shaping people’s value and promoting the transformation of people’s thinking. The
open era and social environment at the beginning of the founding of the Republic of China provided an extremely broad
platform and space for the implementation of reform in the field of education, promoted the reform of educational thought
and the purpose of compiling teaching materials, and injected a new resource of aesthetic education into the compilation of
Chinese teaching materials in the Republic of China.


Educational Policy; Aesthetic Education; Chinese Teaching Materials

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[1] Gao P. Complete works of Cai Yuanpei (Volume II). Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company 1984:136.

[2] Li Z. Practical rationality and music culture. Beijing: Life • Reading • Xinzhi Sanlian Bookstore 2017.

[3] Gao P. The complete collection of Cai Yuanpei’s aesthetic education papers——The methods of Cai Yuanpei’s aesthetic

education implementation. Hunan: Hunan Education Press 1987:159.

[4]Lin F. Human potential and value. Beijing: Huaxia Publishing House 1987:200-204.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v5i6.3755