Education is seen by the Chinese as a key element in the modernisation of their country and in maintaining socialism. This book, first published in 1984, examines the nature of modern education in China since 1976, and looks at different parts of the system, the content of teaching and teaching styles. It considers how far the Chinese educational system has been affected by foreign powers and changing political ideology and is unique in that, using empirical data, it places the Chinese system in a world perspective.
List of Tables and Figures, Editorial Preface, Chart of the Education System, 1. A COMPARATIVIST'S VIEW OF CHINESE EDUCATION, 2. THE EVOLUTION OF MODERN CHINESE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, 3. PRIMARY EDUCATION: A TWO-TRACK SYSTEM FOR DUAL TASKS, 4. NEW DIRECTIONS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION, 5. HIGHER EDUCATION: THE TENSION BETWEEN QUALITY AND EQUALITY, 6. TEACHER EDUCATION IN THE EIGHTIES, 7. ADULT EDUCATION IN URBAN INDUSTRIAL CHINA: PROBLEMS, POLICIES, AND PROSPECTS, 8. CHINESE-WESTERN SCHOLARLY EXCHANGE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CHINESE EDUCATION, Notes and References, Statistical Appendix of Contemporary Educational Provision, Glossary of Chinese characters for the Chinese terms used in the text, The Contributors, Index