ERIC Number: ED244379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Current Tendencies of Educational Politics in the People's Republic of China.
Straka, Gerald A.
Beginning with an overview of the development of the country's educational policy since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, this paper provides an information survey on the current state of education in the People's Republic of China. After brief sections on the relations between Chinese society and the educational system and current trends in the areas of economic production and employment, the paper's fourth and longest section discusses the Chinese educational system in terms of its general structure, enrollment patterns in general and in secondary education in particular, and the current state of Chinese higher education. In the paper's final section, which examines the achievements, problems, and future prospects for education in China, it is noted that, although the Chinese population has doubled since 1949, the illiteracy rate has decreased from 80 percent to 23.5 percent. Since 1983/84, political attitudes seem to have been accorded increased importance in the new criteria for college admittance. The paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of analyzing the new national school books in China to determine more precisely the current direction of Chinese education. Extensive statistical data as well as bibliographical references are included. (JBM)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Labor Force Development, National Programs, National Surveys, Politics of Education, Statistical Data, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).