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ERIC Number: EJ758735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Applying Popular Education with Workers in China: Possibilities and Challenges
Yee, Rita Kwok Hoi
Convergence, v37 n1 p45-49 2004
All education programmes are designed to make changes. Few are clear on how change is defined, or what specifically needs to be changed. Yet the way that educators interpret this magic word makes all the difference to the content and method of programmes. Customarily, most Chinese workers' education programmes are designed to change workers, in their information, opinions, attitude and behaviour. Obsolete values and a lack of skills are blamed for the failure of many workers to survive as China shifts from a socialist economy to a market driven one. Labour education is seen as a remedial measure to improve workers competency, to change their mindset such that they can make better adjustment in a competitive market environment. In this article, the author explores the possibility of applying popular education with the workers in China. A workshop was held in Macao in September 2003, organised by the Asia Monitor Resource Center. An evaluation conducted at the end of the workshop clearly indicated that popular education was one of the most important gains from this workshop and the reconfirmation that it is possible to apply popular education in China. However, it must be reminded that such programmes need to be introduced with sensitivity and at a pace acceptable to those who have been trained using traditional methods.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; China; Macau