New Frontiers of Educational Research

Two Decades of Basic Education in Rural China

Transitions and Challenges for Development

Authors: Wang, Lu, Lewin, Keith

  • The first study of its kind, comparing educational conditions and progress over a 20-year period
  • Offers a comprehensive portrait of rural education in China
  • Analyzes vertical and horizontal inequalities and changing patterns of marginalization in educational resource allocation
  • Explores critical issues affecting teachers and substitute teachers
  • Interprets Chinese experiences from an international perspective and can therefore also be applied to other countries
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This book examines how educational change has progressed in three contrasting areas spread across China since 1990, exploring key issues concerning rural education in poor, rich and minority areas. Of the three areas covered in this book, the first is a rich one near Beijing; the second is in the northwest in Shanxi on the Loess plateau; and the third is in Sichuan on the high plateau leading to Tibet. Central issues include the impact of large-scale demographic change and migration, with increasing numbers of left-behind children in sending areas, and large increases in the numbers of inbound migrants in receiving areas; dramatic increases in the boarding of children in rural areas as a result of rural school merge; changing patterns of teacher deployment; recentralization of responsibilities for school financing; and growing concerns regarding horizontal and vertical inequalities in both access and participation.

About the authors

Wang Lu is Professor at the School of International and Comparative Education, the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, the People’s Republic of China. She obtained her PhD in Education at Sussex University and subsequently worked as research officer at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. She has been leading various research projects funded by the British Academy, British Council, Save the Children, as well as key research projects funded by the Chinese national level organizations. She has been working as international and national consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO and DFID on basic education projects in China. She has published widely on equity issues in basic education, access of migrant children, minority children and girls to compulsory education, inspection and evaluation, policy and reform of British education. She has won first class reward on research on school inspection system from national research society.

Professor Keith Lewin is the Director for International Education at the University of Sussex and of CREATE, as well as former president of British Association for Comparative and International Education (BAICE). He is academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, United Kingdom, Joyce Cain Award of the Comparative and International Education Society of the USA for the best journal article on Africa (2013), Honorary Professor Beijing Normal University. He has extensive experience in China, Africa, South and South East Asia. He has published 18 books and over 100 scholarly articles and chapters. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, DFID, DSE/GTZ, UNICEF and UNESCO. He presented at the world educational conference at Jomtien and Dakar, and contributed to development planning in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa, and in India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. His research interests include the economics of education, educational financing, educational policy and planning, teacher education, science education policy , assessment and aid to education. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Development of Basic Education in China

    Wang, Lu (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Compulsory Education in a Rich District Tongzhou in Beijing

    Wang, Lu (et al.)

    Pages 25-43

  • Nine Year Compulsory Education in a Poor District Ansai in Yan’an, Shannxi

    Wang, Lu (et al.)

    Pages 45-65

  • Nine Year Compulsory Education in a National Minority Area Zhaojue County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan

    Wang, Lu (et al.)

    Pages 67-87

  • Rural Teacher Issues

    Wang, Lu (et al.)

    Pages 89-113

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  • ISBN 978-981-10-2118-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Two Decades of Basic Education in Rural China
Book Subtitle
Transitions and Challenges for Development
Authors
Series Title
New Frontiers of Educational Research
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2120-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2120-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2118-3
Series ISSN
2195-3473
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 205
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations
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