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ERIC Number: EJ861407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Legislation and Equality in Basic Education for All in China
Law, Wing-Wah; Pan, Su-Yan
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v40 n4 p337-372 Oct 2009
In China, legislation exists which requires compulsory schooling for all students of school age. This article examines the functions of and the constraints on using law to institutionalize equality in basic education. It argues that, in China, law is a last resort, holding governments of various levels accountable. Law can be a device of social justice to promote equity in education by serving as an important mechanism to check and balance the state's power regarding its obligations toward instituting basic education, redistributing public resources, reducing disparities, and promoting equality in compulsory schooling. However, the use of legislation to promote equity in basic education is constrained by economic conditions and other extra-legal factors. This article concludes by offering an explanation of the functions of and constraints on law in the quest for equality in basic education, as well as the implications of China's experience for understanding law and change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China