ERIC Number: EJ936169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Struggling to Balance Various Stakeholders' Perceptions: The Work Life of Ideo-Political Education Teachers in China
Lai, Manhong; Lo, Leslie N. K.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v62 n3 p333-349 Sep 2011
As a compulsory course at universities throughout the Chinese Mainland, ideo-political education aims to safeguard university students' political loyalty to the Communist Party. By employing a qualitative research method, this study investigated a renowned comprehensive university in southern China. The case study found that students expressed strong resistance to compulsory ideo-political courses. From the outset, teachers had to work to change students' overwhelmingly negative perceptions of ideo-political education. Informants found that they could not attract student interest if they only strictly followed the state designed textbook, and therefore chose instead to cover topics they found more interesting and to discuss social issues in their lectures. However, the new curriculum reform and teaching quality assurance mechanism placed further restrictions on teaching and learning. Whether teachers could maintain enough autonomy to make the above adjustments depended on the understanding and support of key senior academics.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Qualitative Research, Teacher Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Student Interests, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Perception, Stakeholders, Universities, Higher Education, Teachers, Case Studies, College Students, Student Attitudes, Social Problems, Quality Assurance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: China