Initial teacher education in Mainland China: The impact of accountability and globalization

Qian ZHANG, Chi Kin John LEE

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Abstract

It has become a worldwide concern to prepare quality teachers as different countries strive for both education equity and education excellence at all levels and for all citizens in a period of globalization. Against that background, this paper focuses on Chinese teacher education, the largest teacher education system in the world, and its transformation along with the radical changes in social politics and economy. It does so by exploring several pivotal issues - how Chinese teacher education system attracts and selects talented would-be teachers; how those pre-service teachers are prepared through initial teacher education programmes to fulfil the commitment of quality education for all; and issues of accountability including the assessment and certification of trainees to ensure their readiness for taking up a teaching post. We conclude by considering teacher education development in China in its cultural, economic, political, historical, and professional contexts to suggest that government reforms that initially de-regulated and subsequently re-regulated should be seen as complementary rather than contradictory. Copyright © 2022 selection and editorial matter, John Chi-Kin Lee and Timo Ehmke; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality in teacher education and professional development: Chinese and German perspectives
EditorsJohn Chi-Kin LEE, Timo EHMKE
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages30-43
ISBN (Electronic)9781003197973
ISBN (Print)9780367469375, 9781032055305
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Zhang, Q., & Lee, C.-K. J. (2022). Initial teacher education in Mainland China: The impact of accountability and globalization. In J. C.-K. Lee & T. Ehmke (Eds.), Quality in teacher education and professional development: Chinese and German perspectives (pp. 30-43). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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