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Education and Society in Post-Mao China (Hardcover) (Edward Vickers & Zeng Xiaodong)
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This book provides an overview of the development of China’s education system in the period since the end of the Cultural Revolution by analyzing the shifts in education policy and practice, and in related financial and administrative structures, highlighting the ways in which these have resulted from, or have contributed to, broader societal change. The principal focus will be on formal education (in schools and conventional institutions of tertiary education), but there will also be some discussion of learning in non-formal contexts, vocational training, and pre-school education, with the book concluding with an assessment of the social consequences of educational change in the post-Mao era in terms of who has gained most, and who has not.
As the first account of China's education development during the Reform and Opening era, anyone working on educaton in contemporary China will want to read this book. It will also appeal to students and scholars of contemporary Chinese society.