Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2022, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (12): 103-109.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2022.12.009

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Transforming Educational Thought into Educational Theory: A Historical Investigation Centered on the Study of XueJi

Jie Sun   

  1. College of Education science, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China
  • Accepted:2022-07-04 Online:2022-12-01 Published:2022-12-03


The view that educational ideology is educational theory is inspired by Feng Qi’s thought of “two aspects”. There is an internal connection between educational thought and educational theory, which is a systematic educational thought. XueJibecame a “transit station” for modern Chinese scholars to understand and accept western educational theories, because it has the theoretical potential to be transformed. The process of transforming XueJi into a necessary book of normal education and even a monograph of education is the process in which the educational thoughts of XueJi are brought into the domain of pedagogy. Our reflection on transforming the educational thought of XueJi into educational theory is a double academic consciousness based on the construction of Chinese educational discourse system. It not only requires the educational historian to sincerely review the “Chinese language expressed in the West” to study the educational thought of XueJi with the pedagogical framework, but also requires the educational historian to form the self-consciousness leading the educational discourse system of China. The academic work of the educational thought of XueJi is to realize the docking between ancient educational texts and contemporary contexts, to communicate the ancient and modern educational traditions of China, and to explore an academic path based on the traditional lifeline for Chinese pedagogy.

Key words: XueJi, educational thought, educational theory, Chinese language expressed in the west, self-consciousness