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Handbook of Education in China

Edited by W. John Morgan, Professor Emeritus, School of Education; Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham; Honorary Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Qing Gu, Professor of Education, School of Education and Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK and Fengliang Li, Associate Professor of the Economics of Education, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China
The Handbook of Education in China provides both a comprehensive overview and an original interpretation of key aspects of education in the People’s Republic of China. It has four parts: The Historical Background; The Contemporary Chinese System; Problems and Policies; The Special Administrative Regions: Macau and Hong Kong. The Handbook is an essential reference for those interested in Chinese education; as well as a comprehensive textbook that provides valuable supplementary material for those studying Chinese politics, economy, culture and society more generally.
Extent: 584 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78347 065 5
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  • Asian Studies
  • Asian Development
  • Asian Social Policy
  • Education
  • Education Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Asian Politics
  • Education Policy
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Education Policy
The Handbook of Education in China provides both a comprehensive overview and an original interpretation of key aspects of education in the People’s Republic of China. With a sharp focus on specific policy areas and using both original Chinese sources and other commentaries, it expertly places the topic within its historical and political context.

The Handbook has four distinct and thematic parts: The Historical Background; The Contemporary Chinese System; Problems and Policies; The Special Administrative Regions: Macau and Hong Kong. The chapters address fundamental issues facing Chinese society, including the rapid educational expansion in support of economic development in the post-Mao period, the evolution of education as public policy, concern for access to education as social justice and the parallel educational systems of the Special Administrative Regions. The editors and contributors are Chinese and foreign academics expert in this important field.

The Handbook of Education in China is an essential reference for those interested in Chinese education, as well as a comprehensive resource that provides valuable supplementary material for those studying Chinese politics, economy, culture and society more generally.
‘The Handbook of Education in China is the essential sourcebook for those interested in education in the People’s Republic of China. All the chapters are written by active and experienced researchers in their respective fields; and the reader will learn how and why China’s education has developed in the way it has, about its political, economic, and social context, and how it is likely to develop in future. It is a significant milestone in the study of education in a country which continues to grow in global importance and interest.’
– Ding Xiaohao, Peking University, P.R. China

‘This book offers something qualitatively different in that it provides, for the first time, a detailed, comprehensive, and critical commentary on Chinese education in all of its many aspects. Each chapter gives the reader a clear account of developments in the specific area of education under consideration, together with a review of research-based knowledge of the problems faced, and possible solutions.’ 
– Qian Tang, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

‘This Handbook provides a panoramic view on the latest developments and challenging issues facing China's education sector. By bringing together historic perspectives, theoretic reflections and empirical evidence, it sheds new light on the complexity of its educational system, relationship between education and society, as well as new trends, dynamics and possible impacts of its education reform in China and beyond.’
– Bin Wu, Nottingham University Business School, UK
Contributors: Y. Cai, K.-M. Cheng, T.K. Cheng, S. Dauncey, F. Gao, Q. Gu, R. Hayhoe, Y. Hong, X. Hu, Y. Huang, W. Ji, P.A. Kong, W.-W. Law, J.C.-K. Lee, S.W. Lee, F. Li , Q. Li, D. Liu, L. Lu, G.A. McBeath, J.H. McBeath, W.J. Morgan, M. Schweisfurth, H. Song, Q. Tian, Y. Tian, N. Wang, S. Wang, X. Wu, F. Yan, M. Yang, X. Yu, L. Yuan, M. Zhang, Y. Zhang, P. Zhao, X. Zhao, Y. Zhao, Z. Zhao, J. Zhou, X. Zhou

Contents:

Preface

Introduction: Education in China
W. John Morgan, Qing Gu and Fengliang Li

Part I: The Historical Background
1. The Origins of Modern Chinese Education
Muchu Zhang with Ruth Hayhoe

2. Maoist Ideology and Education
W. John Morgan

Part II: The Contemporary Chinese System
3. The Structure, Governance and Finance of Education:
Xianan Hu and Fengliang Li

4. Early Childhood Education
Xin Zhou

5. Primary Education
John Chi-Kin Lee and Huan Song

6. Secondary Education
Yu Zhang

7. Teacher Education
Ping Zhao, Jun Zhou, and Qiong Li

8. Universities and Higher Education
Yuzhuo Cai and Fengqiao Yan

9. Technical and Vocational Education
Zhiqun Zhao and Xueping Wu

10. Distance Education and Lifelong Learning
Fengliang Li, Nianchun Wang, and Xianan Hu

Part III: Problems and Policies
11. Citizenship Education
Wing-Wah Law

12. Educational Inequality
Yanbi Hong and Yandong Zhao

13. Special and Inclusive Education
Sarah Dauncey

14. Education and Minorities
Miaoyan Yang

15. Private Tutoring
Peggy A. Kong, Xiaoran Yu, and Xia Zhao

16. Education and the Labour Market
Yongpo Tian and Wenwen Ji

17. The Education of Migrant Workers and their Children
Litao Lu, Li Yuan, and Feng Gao

18. Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education
Su Wang

19. Environmental Education
Qing Tian, Yu Huang, Gerald A. McBeath, and Jenifer Huang McBeath

20. Chinese Students Overseas: Choice of destination
Dan Liu and W. John Morgan

21. Chinese Students Overseas: Studying and returning
Qing Gu and Michele Schweisfurth

Part IV: The Special Administrative Regions
22. Education in the Macao Special Administrative Region
Stephanie W. Lee and Tsz Kit Cheng

23. Education in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Kai-ming Cheng

Index