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ERIC Number: EJ769940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
Discontinuity and Reconstruction: The Hidden Curriculum in Schoolroom Instruction in Minority-Nationality Areas
Minhui, Qian
Chinese Education and Society, v40 n2 p60-76 Mar-Apr 2007
The reason modernity has become a core topic in the field of educational anthropology is because it has caused tremendous changes in education, making the content, the form, and even the concepts and substance of education different from what they were before and creating a historical process that people often describe in terms of "discontinuities" and "reconstruction." In the history of education in the world, modern education has existed for several centuries, having begun in Europe and North America and gradually spread over the entire world. Although it reached China only a century ago, it represents historical change on a millennial scale. Modernity is changing traditions, sometimes by force, sometimes through enticement, but most often through the subtle, barely perceptible influence of culture and education. Although one may say that in mainstream society modernity has already taken shape, in minority areas this process is still in process, and once modern education is "embedded," cultural heterogeneity will gradually be replaced by uniformity. Rejection of ethnic identity in the schools, of course, is not expressed entirely through the formal curriculum; in fact, the hidden curriculum works steadily below the surface to create discontinuities and reconstruction within cultural traditions and ethnic identity. As far as the minority members undergoing education are concerned, their success or failure in formal education will be determined by whether they can fully complete this process of modernization. Furthermore, the author presents how the scholars of critical theory have proposed and explored the issue of how the hidden curriculum in schoolroom instruction has become a tool of modernity that causes discontinuities and reconstruction to occur within local culture and the identities of individuals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China