The expansion of education in China: 1949-1995

Fan , Lianghuo (1997) The expansion of education in China: 1949-1995. In, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 29pp.


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This paper presents a case study on the expansion of education in China (excluding Taiwan) since the foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to 1995. The study uses an estimation of the national primary school enrollment rates from 1949-1951 and that in the period of "the Cultural Revolution," and uses the available official statistics of China in other years. The paper argues that currently available theories about expansion of education, mainly based on the observation of western countries, cannot be well applied to this general pattern. Factors influencing China's unique educational development include economics, politics, and public policy. The paper offers an exploratory view of the general pattern of educational development and its implications for the future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
ePrint ID: 174395
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 1997Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 09:28
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32

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