‘It’s a plus rather than a must’: Perspectives of mainstream teachers in China on the influence of advertised educational ethos in supplementary English education

Jiahui Jess LUO, Karen FORBES

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Abstract

The recent upsurge of supplementary education has brought something attention-grabbing to the mediascape in China–educational ethos, inclusive of pedagogies and teaching ideals, is being widely marketed and increasingly used as a benchmark of ‘quality’ in education. This study explores the ways in which educational ethos in China is advertised by companies providing supplementary English education for elementary school students (SEEE), and investigates how mainstream teachers perceive the influence of the ethos on mainstream schooling. Ethos was first mapped out through investigation of 10 leading SEEE companies’ websites, and 6 mainstream teachers were subsequently interviewed. A schematic paradigm was created to capture advertised ethos which indicates bottom-up educational development towards more interactive and practical English education in China. Interview findings identify three key levels of influence on mainstream schooling: (1) institutional, including accelerating pedagogical reforms; (2) interpersonal, such as increasing teacher–parent tension, and; (3) individual views on language education. Copyright © 2019 British Association for International and Comparative Education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-842
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Volume51
Issue number6
Early online dateOct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Luo, J., & Forbes, K. (2021). ‘It’s a plus rather than a must’: Perspectives of mainstream teachers in China on the influence of advertised educational ethos in supplementary English education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 51(6), 824-842. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2019.1681937

Keywords

  • Supplementary education
  • Shadow education
  • English education
  • Educational ethos
  • Mainstream schooling

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