This chapter provides an overview of the social and cultural background related to education in mainland China, to help readers understand the findings of this study as fully and clearly as possible, and to illuminate some unique phenomena in mainland China which might mediate educators’ perception of expert teachers and teachers’ practice. It starts with a brief description of the role of teachers in Chinese culture. After that, the social and educational situation of mainland China will be briefly introduced in four stages: 1) teacher education history and its system; 2) regulation of teacher qualifications and promotion policy; 3) basic education and assessment system; and 4) history of development of mathematics education and characteristics of mathematics curriculum in mainland China.


Teacher Education Mathematics Teaching Mathematics Teacher Mathematics Curriculum Novice Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinrong Yang
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  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsChongqingChina

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