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ERIC Number: EJ952707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
Politics, "Guanxi" and the Search for Objectivity: The Intricacies of Conducting Educational Research in Chinese Contexts
Nordtveit, Bjorn Harald
Comparative Education, v47 n3 p367-380 2011
This article discusses how history, the cultural setting, and the political-ideological contexts may influence educational research in China. It seeks to demonstrate a dichotomy between official and popular discourses, and argues that there is a need for the researcher to understand and interpret the language style used in various interview settings and research publications in China. Further, it is contended that ideology and cultural influences push towards a "virtuous" or socially acceptable understanding of reality. These ideological and cultural norms may also affect official research data and statistics. Further, the article seeks to demonstrate that for a researcher in China (whether Chinese or not) it is important to cultivate and make use of "guanxi" (connections), at the same time as understanding the methodological dangers and intricacies of using it. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China