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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Publication details

Cowan, S., Jin, T., Johnstone Cowan, L. & Pan, Z. (2014). New Directions for Education in China. London: Institute of Education Press.

Author(s) from Durham


As the numbers of Chinese postgraduate students continues to grow in universities around the world, issues relating to Chinese education are becoming of world-wide interest. The present book is a contribution to this widening interest and to debates within the field.
Most chapters are the work of contemporary Chinese scholars pioneering distinctive ways of examining the complex social reality of the Chinese educational scene. Others result from collaboration between Chinese and British academics, demonstrating the potential for intercultural research, much of which has been brought about by the Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA), based at the Institute of Education, University of London. This book stands as an expression of the positive benefits of international collaboration in research, something the editors and contributors are committed to expanding for the future.

With chapters on topics ranging from English-language learning and education among the Chinese diaspora to professional development and the role of the state in Chinese education, the book demonstrates a commitment to a multidisciplinary approach, and will act as a practical and critical resource for researchers, especially those undertaking doctoral studies and their tutors.

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