Xiaodong Liu

2017-12-13  |   1,583 views

Xiaodong Liu


Professor of the Department of Early Childhood Education



Scholarly Interests

Philosophy of childhood, philosophy of education, fundamentals of early childhood education

Selected Publications


1.Against Children’s reciting Ancient Classics, Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2009.

New Horizons of Child Education, Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 1998; 2nd ed., 2008.

2.Emancipation of Children, Beijing: Xinhua Publishing House, 2002; 2nd ed., Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2008.

3.Children’s Culture and Children’s Education, Beijing: Educational Science Publishing House, 2006.

4.Philosophy of Children’s Mind, Nanjing: Nanjing Normal University Publishing House, 1999; newly printed, 2010.

5.Early Childhood Education (ed.), Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2004.

6.’Culture in the Perspective of Moral Education’ (chapter 2), ‘Moral and Cognitive’ (chapter 1), New Theory of Moral Education, Lu Jie, ed., Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2000.

7.’Origin of Children’s Moral Cognition and Its Education’, Theory and Practice of Moral Education in Early Childhood, Lu Lezhen.ed., Fuzhou: Fujian Education Publishing House, 1999.

8.’Wisdom of Teaching’, Wise teachers, Diao Peie ed., Beijing: Educational Science Publishing House, 2005.


1.(Liu Xiaodong has published about 240 articles. The following are representatives.)

How Childhood Can be so Rich: The Perspective of the History of Thought, Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 5(2017).

2.”Copernican Revolution” in Pedagogy, Educational Research and Experiment,4(2017).

3.Philosophy of Primal Heart of Childhood, Moral Education China, 11(2017)

4.Play is Child’s Excavation of the Innate Resources of Himself, China Education Daily, 2017-06-11.

5.A Historical Treatise on Natural Education, Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 6(2016).

6.’Human Nature Makes Law for Education,’ Journal of Educational Science of Hunan Normal University, Vol .15 No .3, May, 2016

7.’Some Remarks on the Pedagogy against Nature as well as without Child,’ Global education outlook, 6(2016).

8.’A Historical Treatise on Philosophy of the Heart of the Newborn,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 6(2015).

9.’Child philosophy in William Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,’ Journal of Educational Studies, 4(2015).

10.’On Neoteny and Its Implications on Humanities,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 6(2014).

11.’Child-centeredness: from Modern Principle of Education to Emerging of An Ideal Society,’ Global education outlook, 5(2014).

12.’On Childhood’s Place in Life,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 6(2013).

13.’Why We Should Emancipate Children,’ China Education Daily, 01/07/2010

14.’Cultivating the Seeds of Philosophy in Children’s Heart,’ China Education Daily, 05/27/2010

‘Avoiding Getting the Opposite of What You Intended in Childhood Education,’ China Education Daily, 05/07/2010

15.’Pedagogy is the main discipline among all disciplines, Educational Science Research, 5(2010).

16.’It is Urgent for China to Construct a Child-oriented Curriculum Theory as well as Discarding “Two Basic” Theory,’ Global Education, 6(2010).

17.’Children’s Science Education is not Eradicating Children’s fairy tale world,’ China Education Daily, 05/07/2009

18.’On Bottom Line of the Moral Education of Children,’ Journal of Zhejiang Normal University” (Social Science Edition), 5(2009).

19.’On Genesis of Children’s mind and its impact on research of childhood education and writing of children’s literature as well,’ Journal of Shanghai Normal University” (Social Science Edition), 1(2008).

20.’Children’s Philosophy: Its Connotation and Denotation,’ Journal of Zhejiang Normal University (Social Science Edition), 3(2008).

21.’Writing Poetry is Back to My Childhood in the Old Village,’ China Education Daily, 11/09/2006

‘Childhood Studies: “root” exploration, ‘Children’s Culture in China, Second Series, Zhejiang Children’s Publishing House, December 2005.

22.’On Children’s Culture,’ Journal of East China Normal University (Educational Science Edition), 2(2005).

23.’Johann Amos Comenius on Child and Child Education,’ Early Childhood Education, 7-8(2004)

24.’Childhood and Hometown: Orientation and Whereabouts of Borderline’s poems,’ Preschool Education, 7-8(2004).

25.’From Myth to Religion: Ontogeny of Religion,’ Journal of Nanjing Audit University (Social Science Edition), 1(2004).

26.’On Education and Human Nature,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 4(2003).

27.’Starry Sky in Childhood,’ Preschool Education, 12(2003).

28.’Montessori Worship and Child Worship of Montessori,’ Early Education, 11(2003)

29.’Vindicating John Dewey’s Child-centered Pedagogy,’ Studies in Preschool Education, 2(2002)

30.’Child Development: Nature vs. Nurture-Educational Significance of the Debate between Piaget and Chomsky,’Shanghai Research on Education, 11(2001).

31.’Immortal Imply from Childhood,’ Journal of School of Chinese Language and Culture Nanjing Normal University, 1(2001).

32.’Children and Myths,’ Preschool Education, 1(2001). Preschool Education, 1(2001).

33.’My Views on the issue of children’s Learning a Foreign Language,’ Educational Research, 11(2000).

34.’Concordance between Ontogeny and Phylogeny of the mind: History of the Thought and Theoretical Analysis,’ Journal of East China Normal University (Educational Science Edition), 4(2000).

35.’Children’s Instinct and Children’s Education,’ Studies in Preschool Education, 2(2000).

36.’On ‘The Child is Father of the Man’, Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 4(1999).

37.’Sukhomlinski’s Thinking Course and Its Significance of Philosophical Enlightenment,’ Journal of Ningbo University (Educational Science Edition), 1(1999).

38.’On Ontological Beauty and Aesthetic Beauty,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 3(1998).

39.’Ahead of Literacy: Its Cultural Roots and Harm,’ Studies in Preschool Education, 5(1997).

40.’Evolution of the Relationship between Subject and Object and Its Influence on the Development of Children’s World View,’ Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition), 3(1997).

41.’On the Spiritual Growth of the Human Individual,’ Academic Exchange (2)1996.

42.’On Children’s Philosophy,’Shanghai Research on Education, 11(1996).

43.’On Children’s Science,’ Journal of Educational Development, 12(1995).

44.’Gareth B. Matthews’ Research on Children’s Philosophy,’ Studies in Foreign Education, 5(1995).

45.’On children’s Art,’ Journal of Educational Development, 1(1994).

46.’On children’s Ethics,’ Jiangxi Educational Research, (6)1992.

Research Projects:


Modern position and modern ideas of child education, the National Social Science Fund of China.


The View of the Child- Cultural Reflections on Tradition and Its Modernization, the National Social Science Fund of China.

3.Reflections on Child Moral Education in China, Key Research Bases for Human and Social Science Studies, Ministry of Education, PRC.


Against Children’s reciting Ancient Classics, the National Social Science Fund of China.


5.Children are Culture and Its Educational Significance, the National Office for Education Sciences Planning.