ABSTRACT

Transformative market reforms in China since the late 1970s have improved living standards dramatically, but have also led to unprecedented economic inequality. During this period, China’s educational system was restructured to support economic development, with educational reforms occurring at a startling pace. Today, the educational system has diversified in structure, finance, and content; it has become more market-oriented; and it is serving an increasingly diverse student population.  These changes carry significant consequences for China’s social mobility and inequality, and future economic prospects.
 
In Education and Reform in China, leading scholars in the fields of education, sociology, demography, and economics investigate the evolution of educational access and attainment, educational quality, and the economic consequences of being educated. Education and Reform in China shows that economic advancement is increasingly tied to education in China, even as educational services are increasingly marketized. The volume investigates the varying impact of change for different social, ethnic, economic and geographic groups. Offering interdisciplinary views on the changing role of education in Chinese society, and on China’s educational achievements and policy challenges, this book will be an important resource for those interested in education, public policy, and development issues in China.

chapter 1|23 pages

Introduction: market reforms and educational opportunity in China: Emily Hannum, Albert Park, and Kai-ming Cheng

ByEMILY HANNUM, ALBERT PARK, AND KAI-MING CHENG

part |1 pages

PART I Finance and access under market reforms

chapter 2|17 pages

School equity in rural China: Wen Li, Albert Park, and Sangui Wang

ByWEN LI, ALBERT PARK, SANGUI WANG

chapter 6|24 pages

School access in rural Tibet: Gerard A. Postiglione

ByGERARD A. POSTIGLIONE

part |1 pages

PART II Educational quality

part |1 pages

PART III Marketization and the economic impact of education