Spotlight on China

Changes in Education under China’s Market Economy

  • Shibao Guo
  • Yan Guo

Part of the Spotlight on China book series (SPOT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Market Economy and Curriculum Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Charlene Tan, Vicente Reyes
      Pages 19-33
    3. Margaret Zeegers, Xiaohong Zhang
      Pages 53-66
    4. Wei Zhang, Mark Bray
      Pages 85-99
  3. Teaching Under China’s Market Economy

  4. Changes in Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Lei Zhang, Ruyue Dai, Kai Yu
      Pages 173-189
    3. Hongxia Shan, Shibao Guo
      Pages 215-229
    4. Heidi Ross, Yimin Wang
      Pages 231-243
  5. Transitions from Education to Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Jianghua Yang, Cheng Cheng, Yanjie Bian
      Pages 247-265
    3. Yixi Lu, Li Zong
      Pages 267-289
    4. Limin Bai
      Pages 291-308
  6. Market Economy and Social Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Hillary ParkHouse, Xue Lan Rong
      Pages 311-327
    3. Li Wang
      Pages 329-343
    4. Lorin Yochim
      Pages 345-363
    5. Charlotte Goodburn
      Pages 365-380
    6. Allan Luke
      Pages 381-386
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 387-396

About this book


Fuelled by forces of globalization, China has gradually shifted from a centrally planned economy to a socialist market economy. Under the market economy China has experienced a massive and protracted economic boom. It is not clear however whether recent economic changes have brought the same miracle to education in China. Spotlight on China brings together established and emerging scholars from China and internationally in a dialogue about the profound social and economic transformation that has resulted from the market economy and its concomitant impact on education in China. The book covers a wide range of topics, including:

• Market economy and curriculum reform
• Teaching under China’s market economy
• Changes in higher education
• Transitions from education to work 
• Market economy and social inequality 
With its broad scope and fresh critical perspectives, this collection offers a most contemporary and comprehensive analysis of possibly the largest education system in the world. Lessons learned from the China experiment will inform researchers and educators about social and educational reforms in other countries which are undergoing similar fundamental changes.

Spotlight on China provides a state of the art picture: dynamic, partial, full of contradictions and tensions, and, as we speak, in movement and local reconfiguration.” – Allan Luke, Queensland University of Technology.

“The book moves social science research on China’s education another step forward by refining the balance between the viability of mainstream western concepts and the analytical possibilities of creating a new scholarship based on a deeper understanding of the historically grounded realities of contemporary Chinese education.” – Gerard A. Postiglione, The University of Hong Kong"


education reform market economy curriculum reform teachers’ well-being higher education in China transition from education to work social and educational inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Shibao Guo
    • 1
  • Yan Guo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.University of CalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-881-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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