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Neo-liberal Education Policy in China: Issues and Challenges in Curriculum Reform
Spotlight on China: Changes in Education Under China's Market Economy (2014)
  • Charlene Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Vicente C Reyes, Jr
Abstract
This chapter critically discusses the key characteristics and ideological assumptions of neo-liberal education policy, and its impact on curriculum reform in China. To illustrate the adoption and consequences of neo-liberal education policy in China, this chapter focuses on recent curriculum reform in Shanghai. It is argued that there is a shift, through the implementation of neo-liberal education policy, from a “one-size-fits-all” educational model to one that focuses on individual interests and needs in China. However, the neo-liberal education policy in China faces two main challenges. First, although the educational changes attempt to promote more student- centred curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, key educational stakeholders in China still value traditional forms of teaching and learning that lead to academic success in high-stakes examinations. The second challenge is the de-professionalisation of school personnel where centralised control by the state through the school appraisal system and standardised exams threatens to undermine the professionalism and autonomy of the educators.
Keywords
  • China,
  • Neo-liberal Education
Publication Date
December 22, 2014
Editor
Shibao Guo, Yan Guo
Publisher
Sense Publishers
ISBN
978-94-6209-879-4, 978-94-6209-880-0, 978-94-6209-881-7
Citation Information
Charlene Tan and Vicente C Reyes. "Neo-liberal Education Policy in China: Issues and Challenges in Curriculum Reform" RotterdamSpotlight on China: Changes in Education Under China's Market Economy (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vicente_reyes/16/