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ERIC Number: EJ1130394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2202-493X
Educational Equity Research in the Mainland of China: A Historical Perspective
Zhang, Hongzhi
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v15 n4 p133-147 2016
Since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, there have been various discussions concerning educational equity in the different stages of education development. This paper focuses on the history and current situation of educational equity research in China. It examines the changes in the discourse on Chinese educational equity research in the Mao and post Mao era. In effect, academic research on educational equity was almost not-existent in the Mao era. At that time, the practice of educational equity was government-led and deeply affected by political ideology. In the post-Mao era, especially since the 1990s, research into educational equity has rapidly developed. Western academic discourses were considered and adapted to the context of China. This paper argues that the dominant discourse of Chinese educational equity research has changed as China's historical, economic and political contexts changed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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