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ERIC Number: EJ767507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
An Analysis of Commidification of Education
Dongping, Yang
Chinese Education and Society, v39 n5 p55-62 Sep-Oct 2006
Today, with the development of a market economy, education has taken on certain characteristics of an industry. It needs to adopt some market mechanisms to increase its vitality and efficiency. Society generally has accepted that the individual should share some cost of education. Supporters and opponents of the concept recognize this point. The debate centers on whether education is to be commodified. The author maintains that this debate on terminology does not carry much theoretical significance. On the contrary, it detracts people's attention from this process. Although official policies do not mention the commodification of education, the issue is a serious one and one that does not exist in countries with a developed market. The fate of an approach is not decided by theoretical debates or position statements, but by the needs, values, and interests in a society. There are different opinions as to what actions and contents constitute the commodification of education. People attach different meanings to this term. In the narrow sense, it refers to school-operated enterprises, science/technology, and service industries. In the broadest sense, commodification of education means using various market means to expand educational resources and market mechanisms to operate education. The sharp criticisms of and opposition to the commodification of education in public opinion are based precisely on this broad understanding of the term that covers all the irrationality and chaos engendered by the schools' preoccupation with business and profit. The commodification of education and the marketization of higher education do have their special theoretical connotation and implication. The author is inclined to regard the maladies as the consequences of a reform that has adhered to an "exclusively financial perspective." This requires special analysis and understanding at the present time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China