This has been a turbulent century for Mainland China, with a series of wars and revolutions, followed by internal conflicts of major proportions after the Communist Revolution of 1949. In spite of this, there have been patterns of continuity and forward development in education which may be rooted in traditions that honoured teachers and valued their contribution to society. In this presentation, I will share the life stories of six teachers in different regions of China, each of whom has made a distinguished contribution to educational development, in the face of many difficulties and setbacks. I will explore family educational influences, early school experiences, higher education, the impact of study abroad in Europe, USA and Russia, and periods of crisis and choice in their career development. These individual narratives will be interpreted by reference to core values and patterns in Chinese educational history, in order to get a deeper understanding of the role of teachers in Chinese society. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Hong Kong Institute of Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|