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Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Higher Education with Chinese Characteristics

Ontological and Epistemological Dimensions


  • Offers a fresh viewpoint to analyze higher education with Chinese characteristics through a multidimensional lens

  • Discusses the complex issues and investigates the structure of Chinese higher education

  • Clarifies the links between the ontological and epistemological dimensions of higher education


About this book


This book provides a fresh and unique overview of the modernization and internationalization of Chinese higher education, focusing on Chinese higher education from 1949 to 2018. It presents the Ontological Positivism Model (Conceptualization-Explicit-Formal-Share), concentrating on concepts of Chinese higher education.

The book is intended for scholars and researchers in the field of comparative higher education, administrators and stakeholders in education management and graduate students majoring in higher education.


Chinese Characteristic Higher Education Chinese Education Strategy Chinese Education Leadership Global Higher Education Chinese Faculty Development Chinese Talent Cultivation Globalization of Higher Education Internationalization of Higher Education Chinese Higher Education Chinese Education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education, China Institute of Education and Social DevelopmentBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

About the authors

Jian Li is an assistant professor at the China Institute of Education and Social Development at Beijing Normal University. She received her Ph.D. degree from Indiana University Bloomington, USA. Dr. Li’s general area of scholarship is the assessment of global competency and global learning within higher education institutions, an area in which she has pursued four themes: higher education policy and management; undergraduate students’ global learning performance assessment; faculty global perspective within higher education; and global learning and development as a framework for institutional research. Dr. Li has published over 20 articles and book chapters, and delivered over 30 workshops and seminars and more than 10 keynote, peer-reviewed and invited presentations throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Higher Education with Chinese Characteristics
  • Book Subtitle Ontological and Epistemological Dimensions
  • Authors Jian Li
    Xudong Zhu
  • Series Title Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3473-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3474-0
  • Series ISSN 2366-1658
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-1666
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 158
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Educational Philosophy
    Philosophy of Education
    International and Comparative Education
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