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Early Childhood Education in Chinese Societies

  • Nirmala Rao
  • Jing Zhou
  • Jin Sun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nirmala Rao, Jin Sun
    Pages 1-8
  3. Understanding Early Childhood Education in Chinese Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jin Sun, Nirmala Rao
      Pages 11-29
  4. Early Childhood Education in the People’s Republic of China

  5. Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and Taiwan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Sharon Sui Ngan Ng, Jin Sun, Carrie Lau, Nirmala Rao
      Pages 147-169
    3. Keang-ieng Peggy Vong, Sou Kuan Vong
      Pages 171-183
    4. Eva E. Chen, Hui Li
      Pages 217-232
  6. Learning from and for Chinese Early Childhood Education

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date account of relevant early childhood policy and practice in five Chinese societies: the People’s Republic of China or Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Taiwan. It analyses how traditional Chinese values, Eastern and Western curricular approaches, and socio-political, economic, cultural and demographic changes influence current policies, services and practice. It addresses responses to global concerns about the excluded and disadvantaged, and about quality, and explains lessons from and for Chinese early childhood education. 

This book is the first English-language research-based review of early childhood education and the factors that affect it in different Chinese societies. It is particularly timely given the increased recognition of the importance of early childhood education for human capital development globally, and the international interest in understanding early education in Chinese societies.


Chinese culture in early educational environments growing up in Chinese families and societies early childhood teacher education in China ece in economically disadvantaged rural areas early childhood programs after the Sichuan earthquake early childhood education in Hong Kong early childhood education in Macao governmentality of ECE in Singapore preschool education kindergarten education Confucian values pre-primary education early childhood education in Taiwan

Editors and affiliations

  • Nirmala Rao
    • 1
  • Jing Zhou
    • 2
  • Jin Sun
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Department of Early Childhood EducationThe Education University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Childhood Education in Chinese Societies
  • Editors Nirmala Rao
    Jing Zhou
    Jin Sun
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.persp.early childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-024-1003-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-1462-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-024-1004-4
  • Series ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-8754
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 261
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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