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Two Decades of Basic Education in Rural China

Transitions and Challenges for Development


Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)

About this book


This book examines how educational change has progressed in three contrasting areas spread across China since 1990, exploring key issues concerning rural education in both poor and rich areas. Of the three areas covered in this book, the first is a rich one near Beijing; the second is in the northwest in Shanxi on the Loess plateau; and the third is in Sichuan on the high plateau leading to Tibet. Central issues include the impact of large-scale demographic change and migration, with increasing numbers of left-behind children in sending areas, and large increases in the numbers of inbound migrants in receiving areas; dramatic increases in the boarding of children in rural areas; changing patterns of teacher deployment; recentralization of responsibilities for school financing; and growing concerns regarding horizontal and vertical inequalities in both access and participation.


Basic education policy Compulsory education in China Education equality in China Ethnic minority children Gender issues in China Rural education in China

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International and Comparative EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Education Centre for International EducationUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Wang Lu is Professor at the School of International and Comparative Education, the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, the People’s Republic of China. She obtained her PhD in Education at Sussex University and subsequently worked as research officer at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. She has been leading various research projects funded by the British Academy, British Council, Save the Children, as well as key research projects funded by the Chinese national level organizations. She has been working as international and national consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO and DFID on basic education projects in China. She has published widely on equity issues in basic education, access of migrant children, minority children and girls to compulsory education, inspection and evaluation, policy and reform of British education. She has won first class reward on research on school inspection system from national research society.

Professor Keith Lewin is the Director for International Education at the University of Sussex and of CREATE, as well as former president of British Association for Comparative and International Education (BAICE). He is academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, United Kingdom, Joyce Cain Award of the Comparative and International Education Society of the USA for the best journal article on Africa (2013), Honorary Professor Beijing Normal University. He has extensive experience in China, Africa, South and South East Asia. He has published 18 books and over 100 scholarly articles and chapters. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, DFID, DSE/GTZ, UNICEF and UNESCO. He presented at the world educational conference at Jomtien and Dakar, and contributed to development planning in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa, and in India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. His research interests include the economics of education, educational financing, educational policy and planning, teacher education, science education policy , assessment and aid to education. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Two Decades of Basic Education in Rural China
  • Book Subtitle Transitions and Challenges for Development
  • Authors Lu Wang
    Keith Lewin
  • Series Title New Frontiers of Educational Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Frontier Educat. Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-2118-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9532-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-2120-6
  • Series ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-349X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 38 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
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