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Education in China since 1976
Wang, Xiufang.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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China has the largest education system in the world. The total enrollment of students in regular and adult schools at all levels exceeds 320 million, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation's population. Western educators, foreign companies, and individual entrepreneurs have invested in Chinese education but, perhaps because of the complexity of the Chinese education system and the rapid development of educational reforms, have had little success. This work examines the education system in post-Mao China from 1976 to the present. It explores how the Chinese government sees the development of its educational practices within the nation's broader social, economic, political, and cultural contexts; how it identifies new issues that emerge in the process of what might be called educational globalization; how it translates these issues into specific educational policies, activities, and goals; how the education reforms fit China's social and political realities and objectives; how the new policies affect foreign student affairs and Chinese students studying abroad; the ways in which the government promotes international educational cooperation and exchange; the opportunities for Western institutions to introduce programs in China; and current trends and their effect on the internationalization of education.

Author Notes

Xiufang Wang is a visiting professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Table of Contents

Tables and Chartsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Part I The Chinese Education System
1 Introduction: Managing Educational Reformsp. 7
2 China's Educational Administrative Systemp. 24
3 Financial System of China's Educationp. 55
4 Legal System of China's Educationp. 73
5 Personnel System of China's Educationp. 104
Part II Chinese Education of Various Types at Different Levels
6 Basic Education (Preschool, Regular Primary and Secondary Education)p. 129
7 Regular Higher Educationp. 146
8 Vocational Educationp. 188
9 Special Educationp. 200
10 Adult Educationp. 209
11 Distance Educationp. 219
12 Private Educationp. 230
Part III Internationalization of Chinese Education
13 International Cooperation and Exchange in China's Educationp. 239
14 Conclusion: Chinese Educational Development in a Global Economyp. 261
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 309