Early childhood education in Chinese societies

Nirmala RAO (Editor), Jing ZHOU (Editor), Jin SUN (Editor)

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This book provides an up-to-date account of relevant early childhood policy and practice in five Chinese societies: the People’s Republic of China or Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Taiwan. It analyses how traditional Chinese values, Eastern and Western curricular approaches, and socio-political, economic, cultural and demographic changes influence current policies, services and practice. It addresses responses to global concerns about the excluded and disadvantaged, and about quality, and explains lessons from and for Chinese early childhood education. This book is the first English-language research-based review of early childhood education and the factors that affect it in different Chinese societies. It is particularly timely given the increased recognition of the importance of early childhood education for human capital development globally, and the international interest in understanding early education in Chinese societies. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V..
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN (Electronic)9789402410044
ISBN (Print)9789402410037
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Rao, N., Zhou, J., & Sun, J. (Eds.). (2017). Early childhood education in Chinese societies. New York: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Chinese culture in early educational environments
  • Growing up in Chinese families and societies
  • Early childhood teacher education in China
  • Ece in economically disadvantaged rural areas
  • Early childhood programs after the Sichuan earthquake
  • Early childhood education in Hong Kong
  • Early childhood education in Macao
  • Governmentality of ECE in Singapore
  • Preschool education
  • Kindergarten education
  • Confucian values
  • Pre-primary education
  • Early childhood education in Taiwan


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