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ERIC Number: EJ979403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
"Tongshi" Education Reform in a Chinese University: Knowledge, Values, and Organizational Changes
Zhang, Donghui
Comparative Education Review, v56 n3 p394-420 Aug 2012
Derived from the Confucian educational tradition, the term "Tongshi" reflects a contemporary Chinese effort to break away from the former Soviet legacy and forge undergraduate curricula on the basis of a US general education model. In recent years, "Tongshi" education reform has entered the spotlight in Chinese universities as they have sought international recognition. This article examines the cultural dynamics underlying "Tongshi" education reform in Chinese universities, using Renmin University of China (RUC), a well-known university in China, as a case. By exploring curriculum changes before and after the reform and investigating faculty and student attitudes toward "Tongshi" education at RUC, this article shows that although "Tongshi" education exhibits features in common with both a Chinese educational tradition and the Western notion of general education, it is, nonetheless, a created rhetoric in the contemporary discourse of "building world-class universities." (Contains 2 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China