ERIC Number: EJ725124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 21
Trends and Issues of Women's Education in China
Liu, Jane; Carpenter, Marilyn
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v78 n6 p277 Jul-Aug 2005
China has a rich educational history dating back more than three thousand years, but women did not become part of the mainstream education system until the last sixty years. The Confucian ideology, which has been deeply rooted throughout Chinese history, confined females to an oppressed social status. Moreover, this historical ideology continues to cause deep resistance to the changes that would promote women's education, which, in turn, would help uproot the ideological foundation of discrimination against women. Feminist literature has indicated the importance of women's education to their political and social emancipation. Acceptance of women in public educational settings, availability of educational opportunities for women, and equal treatment for female students are variables that affect women's entrance to school, their retention, and their advancement through education. This article describes the history of education for Chinese women and presents the current educational trends and issues facing China today.
Descriptors: Gender Discrimination, Foreign Countries, Educational History, Educational Trends, Womens Education, Educational Opportunities, Public Policy, Gender Issues, Ideology, Equal Education, Politics of Education
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: China