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Reform and Development of Educational System

History, Policy and Cases

  • Ling Li
  • Jiafu Zheng
  • Zeyuan Yu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Ling Li, Jiafu Zheng, Zeyuan Yu
    Pages 1-13
  3. Ling Li, Yumei Han, Jiafu Zheng, Zeyuan Yu
    Pages 15-22
  4. Ling Li, Chen Huang, Xuanlin Chen, Lei Tao, Yuanyuan Huang, Xingping Zhou
    Pages 23-231
  5. Chen Huang, Lei Tao, Linli He, Shunguang Yang, Shuang Gong, Qian Zhao et al.
    Pages 233-417
  6. Ling Li, Jianping Wang, Jiafu Zheng, Zeyuan Yu
    Pages 419-439
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 441-462

About this book


In this book, the authors pursue quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches, conducting hundreds of large-scale surveys and in-depth interviews in 679 schools, 67 counties and 13 provinces throughout China. They also conducted longitudinal case studies in five municipalities and provinces to better reflect education reform and development in different education levels or sectors. The authors used national statistical data from the 1970s to 2013, as well as a wealth of first-hand documents and data from different levels of educational departments in schools, counties, municipals and provinces and “grass-roots” input from 253 teachers, principals, education administrators and students. The authors applied SEM, HLM, GCM, and many other statistic techniques and qualitative methods to analyse the data and materials in order to explore correlations between development and reform, internal and external factors in educational reforms, as well as strategies for resolving core issues. Their findings indicate that institutional reforms concerning financial investments, allocation of teaching resources, allocation of facilities, curricula design systems, and political, economic, social system reforms all contribute to the development of different levels and types of education in different modes and to different extents. Topics of particular interest include five case studies conducted in five different municipalities and provinces that showcase the nation’s education reform and development in a specific model and on the basis of substantial data. Further, milestone events regarding educational reform and development that have taken place in China since 2013 are examined. As a unique feature, the book also includes 353 diagrams and tables on the development and reform of education in China, offering extensive and up-to-date information on a part of the world that often remains difficult to access. The book provides an expansive and in-depth examination of the nation’s education reform and development, from its historical roots to the present, and combining official and “grass-roots” standpoints. It will help readers to understand why and how Chinese education could lead students to win in international comparisons like PISA while at the same time often being the target of scathing criticism, as well as how the nation is now working to provide a better education to serve the world’s largest population.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ling Li
    • 1
  • Jiafu Zheng
    • 2
  • Zeyuan Yu
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Educational PolicySouthwest UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Southwest UniversityChongqingChina
  3. 3.Southwest UniversityChongqingChina

About the editors

Ling Li is a faculty member of the Center for Education Policy in the Faculty of Education at the Southwest University, China. She received her doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She headed and accomplished two key national projects funded by the Ministry of Education: “Constructing An Integrated Educational and Institutional System in the Urban and Rural Areas in China” and “The Reform and Development of Education System in China.” Li has published two English books in Springer and VDM, three Chinese books in the Higher Education Press in China, and more than 70 articles in Chinese top journals and the SSCI journals abroad. Li also contributes to Chinese education reform and policy making by providing 10 consultation reports for the Ministry of Education and provincial bureaus of education. Noted by its broad strategic vision, first-hand materials collected from field research, big data analysis, as well as interdisciplinary approaches, Ling Li’s work has played a pivotal role in helping innovate Chinese education policy analysis and its research methods.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reform and Development of Educational System
  • Book Subtitle History, Policy and Cases
  • Editors Ling Li
    Jiafu Zheng
    Zeyuan Yu
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany and Higher Education Press 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-55524-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-57238-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-55525-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 462
  • Number of Illustrations 157 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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