Education in China: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Social Challenges


Xiaoming Li, PhD (Editor)
Prevention Research Center, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

Series: China in the 21st Century, Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: POL033000

Parallel to the unprecedented growth of the economy in the past 30 years, China has experienced the fastest development of its education system in its history. Despite the remarkable development and achievement in many areas, China still faces challenges in redefining its education priorities, improving the quality of education systems and education practices, and achieving education equality across its diverse population and vast geography. A group of 38 leading and emerging scholars from mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada provided comprehensive reviews or empirical data to address a variety of core issues and key challenges in many important areas of formal and informal education in China from historical, social, cultural and global perspectives.

The authors come from various academic backgrounds including economics, education, history, law, mass media, policy study, psychology, public affair administration, social work and sociology. The topics covered by the 21 chapters in this book include early childhood education, special education, rights of children with disabilities, music education, physical education, higher education, high education equity, non-state higher education, academic capitalism, higher vocational education, rural compulsory education, compulsory education for migrant children, instructional technology, distance learning, media literacy education, teacher professional development, Chinese language education, quality education, family education, moral education and sex education. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Editor

About the Authors


Chapter 1: One-Year Pre-School Classroom Environment Quality With Children’s School Readiness in China
(Yan Liu, Jin Shi and Yue-Juan Pan, Beijing Normal University, China)

Chapter 2: Special Education in China: Historical and Legislative Foundations, Curriculum and Services, and Future Directions
(Dalun Zhang, Mian Wang, Yaoying Xu and Song Ju, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA, and others)

Chapter 3: Improving the Quality of Special Education in China: Recent Development and Challenges
(Jianghua Lei and Liang Chen, Central China Normal University, China, and others)

Chapter 4: Rights of Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Education in China
(Fengming Cui, Harvard University, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Massachusetts, USA)

Chapter 5: Social Challenges and Cultural Influences on China’s Music Education: Practices and Issues in Teaching Popular Music in Schools
(Wai-Chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 6: School Physical Education in China and its Challenge and Future
(Bo Shen, Jian Wang and Jin Bo, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan, USA, and others)

Chapter 7: China’s Higher Education: Reforms and Developments
(Jianhua Hu and Ke Zhang, Nanjing Normal University, Jiangsu Province, China, and others)

Chapter 8: Historical Track of Higher Education Equity: A Case Study of the Opportunity for Higher Education Access From Different Social Strata for Half a Century in Yunnan University
(Jianxin Zhang, Yunnan University, Kunming, China)

Chapter 9: A Critical Reflection on Non-State Higher Education Institutions in China: Exploring the Reasons for their Downturn
(Xiaofan Li, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA)

Chapter 10: Chinese Academic Capitalism, with Case Study of Universities in Yunnan Province
(Zhi-hui Wang, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, China)

Chapter 11: Understanding Higher Vocational Education in China: A Policy Perspective
(Jie Xiong, Government of Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 12: Promoting Rural Compulsory Education in China: GONGOS, CONGOS, Grassroots Organizations, and University Groups
(Huiquan Zhou, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 13: Schooling of Rural-to-Urban Migrant Children in China
(Shaobing Su, Cheuk Chi Tam, Lihua Chen and Danhua Lin, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, and others)

Chapter 14: Educational Technology in China: Past and Present
(Ke Zhang, Linmei Liang and Xinmin Sang, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, and others)

Chapter 15: Distance Learning in China: A Means of Universalizing and Popularizing Education
(Shiling McQuaide, Athabasca University, Canada)

Chapter 16: Media Literacy Education in China: From Theory to Practice
(Wen Xu, University of Hong Kong & Communication University of China, China)

Chapter 17: L2 EFL TOT Workshop Series in China: Sustainability of Professional Development and Teaching Practices
(Mary Barbara Trube, Yeqin Kang and Haiyan Qiang, Ohio University-Chillicothe, Ohio, USA, and others)

Chapter 18: Language Education: Chinese (Mandarin) Language Teaching in the US and Hong Kong
(Shalin Qin, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA)

Chapter 19: Quality Education: The Driving Idea Behind China’s Educational Reform
(Yiyun Chen, University of Connecticut, Conneticut, USA)

Chapter 20: Grandparenting in Urban China: A Case of Childrearing and Education in Shanghai
(Jia Miao and Ian Newman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China and others)

Chapter 21: Sex Education in China: Emergence from Behind
(Xin Wang, Shandong University, JInan, China)


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