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ERIC Number: EJ932428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
From Mao to Now: Does K'angta Still Shape Adult Education in China?
Boshier, Roger; Huang, Yan
Convergence, v41 n4 p51-78 2008
Soon after remnants of the Long March reached Yan'an, the Communist Party established adult and higher education institutions. K'angta--the anti-Japanese university--was at the centre of attempts to resist foreign invaders and, after October 1, 1949, became a model for the rest of China. K'angta owed much to Mao's essays On Practice and On Contradiction. The Chairman was convinced theory was formed from practice and had no patience with the esoteric--or delayed impact--of "book learning". Conflict between "useless theory" and practice flared up again in the Cultural Revolution with demands to "get back" to K'angta. Today, Chinese adult and higher education operates in the shadow of K'angta. The K'angta tradition triggers questions about student motivation, the search for correct answers, theory and practice, pure and applied research, the role of books and teaching and learning processes. Continuing disdain for theory and books, along with a preference for applied research, weakens the impact of Chinese adult and higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China