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ERIC Number: EJ774813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
The Chinese Kindergarten in Its Adolescence
Hsueh, Yeh; Tobin, Joseph J.; Karasawa, Mayumi
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v34 n4 p457-469 Dec 2004
The year 2004 is the centenary of the first official kindergarten in China. During this 100 years of development, early childhood education in China has experienced two big developmental spurts, first at the beginning of the twentieth century and then again at the turn of the twenty-first century. The argument presented by this paper is that Chinese early childhood education is currently going through a metaphorical adolescence, in which rapid but imbalanced growth and an increasing awareness of power and possibility are accompanied by the struggle to forge an identity that bridges the colonial and communist pasts with a promising and yet uncertain future. In this article, the authors begin with an overview of the birth of the Chinese kindergarten and its first period of rapid growth following the First World War. They then describe the "Preschool in Three Cultures" study that Joseph Tobin and his colleagues David Wu and Dana Davidson conducted in the mid-1980s, a period in which a second rapid development of early childhood education in China was just starting to gain momentum. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China