Educational development in Western China: Towards quality and equity

Chi Kin John LEE (Editor), Zeyuan YU (Editor), Xianhan Yvonne HUANG (Editor), Hau Fai Edmond LAW (Editor)

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In 2000, the “Western Development” plan of the Chinese Mainland attracted attention of educators and policy makers. Around that period, the Chinese government also launched large scale and systemic curriculum reforms in basic education and secondary education in achieving quality education across the vast country. Despite significant progress that has been made in educational investments and attainments in China, issues of quality and regional disparities across China remain, especially in the less developed, western part of China where the significance of ethnic diversity, urban-rural disparity and variations in school development exists. In addition, there have been entrenched problems of teacher and teaching quality, resources inadequacy and ‘left-behind’ children. Written by a group of Chinese and international scholars, the book provides an updated analysis and discussion of educational development and related issues in the less developed part of Western China. These chapters cover broad contextual issues of educational development and reforms, issues of quality and equality in different sectors of education, as well as curriculum implementation, teaching innovations and professional development of teachers. Copyright © 2016 Sense Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789463002325
ISBN (Print)9789463002301, 9789463002318
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Lee, J. C.-K., Yu, Z., Huang, X., & Law, E. H.-F. (Eds.). (2016). Educational development in Western China: Towards quality and equity. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.


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