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Modernising Education in Britain and China: Comparative Perspectives on Excellence and Social Inclusion / Edition 1

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Overview

In spite of the perceived differences between Eastern and Western culture and society, the education systems of Britain and China can be seen to share certain goals, priorities and challenges. Modernisation is very much a core objective for educators in both countries. Moreover, both education systems must confront the tension between promoting social inclusion and achieving competitive academic excellence.
Based upon the author's extensive teaching experience and over a decade's research into inclusion and exclusion in Britain, China and Hong Kong, this book provides an original, stimulating and insightful perspective on inclusive educational reform in two different cultures. It examines a broad range of educational environments, from kindergartens to teacher training colleges, and draws upon a fascinating diversity of official and personal documentary sources. Primarily concerned with the question of inclusion, the book also addresses issues of language and communication, gender imbalances and inequalities, curricula for teacher education, critical questioning and frameworks for learning support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415298070
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Potts is a Senior Research Fellow at Cantebury Christ Church University College

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations, figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Preface: two dragons
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Modernisation, social justice and educational reform in Britain and China 11
Case study 1 Changing District Special School, Shanghai 28
Ch. 2 Formalities 37
Case study 2 Zhi Ling Special School, Guangzhou 56
Ch. 3 The journey of an educational idea 65
Case study 3.1 Nanjing Normal University 81
Case study 3.2 Jiangsu kindergarten for deaf children 85
Case study 4.1 Hangzhou University Child Development Centre 90
Case study 4.2 Da Shi Zhi Xiang Special School, Hangzhou 95
Case study 5.1 Nanjing 'experimental' kindergarten 100
Case study 5.2 Shanghai Weiqi kindergarten 103
Case study 5.3 Childhood, modernisation and social inclusion 104
Case study 6.1 Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 115
Case study 6.2 Higher Education for teachers at East China Normal University (ECNU) 123
Case study 7.1 Local authority policy document on inclusion in elementary schools, 1997 130
Case study 7.2 Implementing the policy in an elementary school 134
Case study 7.3 Shanghai's compulsory inservice course for mainstream teachers 136
Case study 8 Learning in regular classes: including 'mentally retarded' children in two Shanghai elementary schools 140
Case study 9.1 An Ting Normal School, Shanghai 159
Case study 9.2 Crazy English (Chinese film) 164
Case study 10.1 New roles for educators: some consequences of Normal School reform 170
Case study 10.2 Nanjing Special Education Normal School 173
Case study 11 Limingjie Special School, Jinan 177
Ch. 4 Language, citizenship and identities 187
Case study 12 Shenzhen Yuanping special school 199
Ch. 5 Questions are critical 205
Case study 13 Cleves Primary Schools, Newham 218
Ch. 6 Return journeys 227
Conclusion 239
Dragon Two, 2000 245
App National policy document on including more students in mainstream schools 249
References 254
Index 263
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