Critical reflections on preschool vouchers in Hong Kong and Taiwan: Translating the notion of freedom to choose

I Fang LEE, Chao Ling TSENG

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Abstract

Vouchers and school choice discourses have been translated, reassembled, and made intelligible in different localities, such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, as tactics in education reforms to ensure equality and quality. This paper presents the findings of a comparative research study that aims to investigate the effects of preschool vouchers in Taiwan and Hong Kong. I argue that laced within global and local circulations of educational choice and voucher discourses are notions of marketization and privatization. In that, I seek to understand how preschool voucher systems in Taiwan and Hong Kong work to create a normative socio-cultural administration to (re)-shape, regulate, and construct reasonable/desirable modes of thinking and acting.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Hong Kong
Taiwan
school choice
discourse
comparative research
tactics
privatization
equality
reform
education

Citation

Lee, I.-F., & Tseng, C.-L. (2008, March). Critical reflections on preschool vouchers in Hong Kong and Taiwan: Translating the notion of freedom to choose. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association: Research on Schools, Neighborhoods and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility, New York, NY.

Keywords

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Policy and Management