Two Decades of Basic Education in Rural China

Transitions and Challenges for Development

  • Lu Wang
  • Keith Lewin

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

  • Lu Wang
    • 1
  • Keith Lewin
    • 2
  1. 1.International and Comparative EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Education Centre for International EducationUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2118-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2120-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-349X
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