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ERIC Number: EJ1182673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
The Chinese "Open Class": A Conceptual Rendering and Historical Account
Wu, Huiping; Clarke, Anthony
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v38 n2 p214-228 2018
The intent of this paper is to make sense of and share with a broader community of teachers and teacher educators a professional development phenomenon that is peculiar to the Chinese elementary and secondary school context. This practice, known as the Open Class, has at least three forms: intra-school, inter-school, and competitive. These forms are defined and delineated at the outset of the paper with particular attention to the distinguishing characteristics of each. This conceptual groundwork paves the way for a detailed historical accounting of this phenomenon over the past 65 years. What we learn is that the Open Class, as a professional development strategy, has waxed and waned based on the political and educational emphases of the day but nonetheless is alive and well in modern-day China. Indeed, it is so commonplace that it has become a norm in Chinese schools. While there remains much to be learned about the Open Class, four lessons learned as a result of the exposition offered in this paper provide a strong basis and valuable springboard for further exploration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A