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ERIC Number: EJ783855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0952-8733
The Educational Administration of the Self-Taught Higher Education Examination in China: Findings from Field Research
Gao, Guijuan
Higher Education Policy, v16 n4 p463-477 Dec 2003
This article reports on field research conducted in 1999-2000 in three of the larger cities in China (Wuhan, Xiamen and Shantou). It explores the workings of the educational service of the self-taught higher education examination (STE) that emerged in China in the early 1980s. Findings from questionnaires, in-depth interviews, observations and analysis of documents led to the conclusion that the educational goal of the STE, although implicit, is frustrated and diluted because of the following reasons: (i) inefficiency due to an absence of controls through regulations and legislation specifically applicable to state, province and county levels of administration. (ii) Inadequate and inconsistent communication between high-level administration and the local operation of educational services. Lack of communication results in the STE as a system declining in national examinations. It emphasizes note memorization rather than creative thinking implicit in the purpose of educational service institutions. (Contains 1 table, 3 charts, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China