This article aims to deepen our understanding of the impact of an oscillating policy environment on non-traditional schools in China since 2010. It does this through analysing policy documents and an analytic case study of one newly founded school in Shenzhen, China. The wavering policy environment framing the paper reflects a long-running internal government tussle between educational centralization and decentralization. The article first maps the trajectory of policy change associated with the “walking on two legs” tradition. It then examines how national policies are locally interpreted and enacted by depicting one school's historical episode and re-examines the case from a macro social change perspective to understand why the policy environment changed. The paper explores the issue by asking what significant policies describe China's “running schools on two legs” policy approach, how the oscillating policy environment influenced practices in one school and why the government changed its stance to re-centralize control of education. The paper discusses a number of implications arising from the case and shows the power of central policy ideology on the shape and purpose of schools. Copyright © 2023 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
CitationQian, H., Walker, A., & Xu, X. (2023). Running schools on two legs: The impact of policy oscillation on a public-private partnership school in China. International Journal of Educational Development, 100. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2023.102806
- Non-traditional schools
- Public-private partnerships