Educational equity research in the mainland of China: A historical perspective

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    Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, there have been various discussions concerning educational equity in the different stages of education development. This paper focuses on the history and current situation of educational equity research in China. It examines the changes in the discourse on Chinese educational equity research in the Mao and post Maoera. In effect, academic research on educational equity was almost not-existent in the Mao era. At that time, the practice of educational equity was governmentled and deeply affected by political ideology. In the post-Mao era, especially since the 1990s, research into educational equity has rapidly developed.Western academic discourses were considered and adapted to the context of China. This paper argues that the dominant discourse of Chinese educational equity research has changed as China’s historical, economic and political contexts changed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-147
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Education Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • China
    • Educational equality
    • Educational equity
    • Marxism

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