Public and private education

Ding Yee Ramsey KOO, Man Sing Andy YUNG, Kin Yuen IP, Wei Chen CHUANG

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This article contains four parts in which various aspects of public and private education in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, are examined with particular attention to some fundamental questions concerning the provision, scope and orientation of public and private education within the contexts of these societies. To provide a conceptual framework, the chapter begins with a description of the main features of educational provision in the public and private sectors; it then examines some of the forces that have shaped public and private education, before turning to the comparison of similarities and differences in these particular systems. It should be pointed out that one important reason for the selection of the four societies is that, apart from geographic location, they all share many important common features such as language, culture and social customs. Predominately, people in these East Asia territories are of Chinese origins and have a common heritage which is deeply rooted in the Confucian ethical values. Copyright © 2003 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region
EditorsJohn P. KEEVES, Ryo WATANABE, Rupert MACLEAN, Peter D. RENSHAW, Colin Nelson POWER, Robyn BAKER, Saravanan GOPINATHAN, Ho Wah KAM, Yin Cheong CHENG, Albert C. TUIJNMAN
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9789401733687
ISBN (Print)1402010079, 9789048161676
Publication statusPublished - 2003


Koo, R. D.-Y., Yung, A. M.-S., Ip, K. Y., & Chuang, W.-C. (2003). Public and private education. In J. P. Keeves, R. Watanabe, R. Maclean, P. D. Renshaw, C. N. Power, R. Baker, et al. (Eds.), International handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 1015-1029). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.


  • Educational Policy and Management
  • Private school
  • Early childhood education
  • Audit committee
  • Chinese communist party
  • Government school


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