School Power and Democratic Citizenship Education in China

Experiences from Three Secondary Schools
  • Wangbei Ye
Part of the Critical Issues in The Future of Learning and Teaching book series (CIFL)


Numerous critical studies on citizenship have demonstrated that schools and teachers make a significant contribution to democracy. However, due to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) tight political control and the Chinese governments’ deep involvement in citizenship education, the ways in which Chinese schools and teachers affect democratic citizenship education are underresearched. With reference to school-based curriculum development (SBCD, initiated in 2001), this chapter investigates the impact of Chinese schools and teachers on citizenship education, with particular attention to their influence in the three stages of SBCD: goal setting, content and pedagogy selection, and implementation.


Curriculum Development Chinese Communist Party Citizenship Education Soft Power Education Bureau 
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  • Wangbei Ye
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsEast China Normal UniversityChina

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