Conclusion: Comparing Chinese and Nordic Education Systems—Some Advice

  • Ning Chen
  • Fred Dervin
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


In this chapter, the authors propose four pieces of advice for when we compare Chinese and Nordic education. They also consider the advice applicable to other contexts of international comparative education. The four pieces of advice include: avoid thinking in simple terms of borrowing ‘good practices’; look for the heterogeneity within a given education system; bear in mind current glocal phenomena such as rankings, ideologies related to edubusiness and their influence on how we see other systems of education; and stop looking for utopias.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ning Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fred Dervin
    • 3
  1. 1.Tianjin Academy of Fine ArtsTianjinChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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