Frontiers of Education in China

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 163–192 | Cite as

Global Educational Research in Western Times: The Rise and Plight of Chinese Educational Research

  • Robert J. TierneyEmail author
Research Article


The paper offers a critical appraisal of the global knowledge developments in education using China’s contributions in a fashion similar to a case study. The paper scrutinizes the complicity of Western educational research to euro-centric biases and discusses the pursuit of a global epistemological eclecticism. To support this claim, the magnitude of the global knowledge economy, including country-by-country comparisons, is explored together with data pertaining to the success rate of submissions and citations. These data are used as the basis for arguments that the dominant research practices and developmental work serve Western interests, Western thought and a Western economy tied to standardization rather than eastern epistemological interests.


Chinese educational research globalization Westernization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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