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Paradigm Shift of Education Governance in China

Two Compulsory Education Legislation Episodes: 1986 vs 2006

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  • An elaborate account of two most significant education legislation episodes in China

  • A deep insight into educational, social and political changes in China over 20 years

  • A thorough analysis of paradigm shift of education governance in China from 1986 to 2006

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Yan Wang
    Pages 1-5
  3. Collecting and Tackling Data

    • Yan Wang
    Pages 31-46
  4. Reflecting on Theoretical Context

    • Yan Wang
    Pages 47-64
  5. Episode I: The 1986 Legislation

    • Yan Wang
    Pages 65-80
  6. Episode II: The 2006 Legislation

    • Yan Wang
    Pages 81-96
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 129-159

About this book

The book addresses the paradigm shift in education governance in China through a study of two legislation episodes in China: the 1986 Compulsory Education Law and the 2006 Compulsory Education Law Amendment. The research began with two broad questions: how was the Compulsory Education Law made and amended? Why was it made and amended? Using ethnographic interviews and documentary analysis as the main research methods, more specific questions on both legislative processes were delved into as the research evolved: What were the driving forces behind the 1986 and 2006 legislation? What values of compulsory education were assumed in their central decisions? What was the institutional rationale underpinning them? Data was collected through ethnographic interviews with key informants involved in the policymaking process. The research findings were analyzed and presented on the basis of narration analysis. The policymaking process of the legislation was then analyzed from three paradigms: agenda-setting, decision-making and organizational behavior. Finally, by examining the results of the previous stages of analysis, and further comparing the two cases, the research arrived at a theoretical framework for education governance that embraces three essential elements: political ideology, perceived value of education, and institutional rationale. A thorough analysis of the two legislative processes identified that the political ideology ‒ which shifted from efficiency-oriented economic well-being to equity-oriented social cohesion ‒ steered the agenda-setting of the compulsory education legislation. The perceived value of education reflects the role that education plays in development, changing from economic value to social value. The institutional rationale essentially determines strategies by which compulsory education materializes, with a variance from governing by goal and mobilization to governing by accountability and regulation. In conclusion, education governance in China witnessed a paradigm shift from “economic instrumentalism” to “social rationalism” between mid-1980s and 2006.

Keywords

  • Education
  • Governance
  • Legislation
  • Paradigm
  • Shift

Authors and Affiliations

  • National Institute of Education Sciences, Beijing, China

    Yan Wang

About the author

WANG Yan is senior specialist and director for department of international exchange at National Institute of Education Sciences of China. Her research focuses on education policy, education reform, social studies of education and international studies. She has authored, co-authored and edited numerous articles, reports, journal and books on various educational topics. In cooperation with international organizations, government agencies, and research institutions, she has designed and implemented more than 100 qualitative and quantitative research projects on various education topics. She has been APEC Education Network Coordinator since 2016. In her prior role, she was consultant at the World Bank, and curriculum specialist and coordinator of international programs at Beijing Education Research Institute. She holds a Ph.D. of education policy, administration and social studies from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Educational Economics and Administration and a first degree in English Literature.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Paradigm Shift of Education Governance in China

  • Book Subtitle: Two Compulsory Education Legislation Episodes: 1986 vs 2006

  • Authors: Yan Wang

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-59515-2

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-662-59513-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-59515-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 159

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Educational Policy and Politics, Political Science

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-662-59515-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)