China’s Educational Reform and Its Impact on Early Childhood Curriculum

  • Yaoying XuEmail author
  • Bing Liu
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 9)


China’s educational reform has come a long way, along with its large-scale economic reform since the early 1980s. Educational reforms have attempted to broaden educational endeavors on developing well-rounded individuals through a shift from examination-oriented education to quality-oriented education with a holistic approach. However, outcomes of this reform seem too complicated and controversial to claim it a success. This chapter addresses China’s Suzhi Jiaoyu or quality education as a result of its educational reform. The impact of Suzhi Jiaoyu on early childhood curriculum in China was explored, specifically from the following aspects: curriculum standards, teacher quality, instructional approaches, assessment and evaluation system, and parental involvement. Challenges and issues around this educational reform were discussed.


Chinese educational reform Suzhi Jiaoyu Early childhood curriculum Special education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Education and Disability PolicyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Medicine and NursingHubei University of MedicineWuhanChina

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