Power and Moral Education in China

Power and Moral Education in China : Three Examples of School-Based Curriculum Development

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In Power and Moral Education in China, Wangbei Ye examines China's recent initiation of school-based curriculum development in moral education as a means to analyze the power redistribution brought about by China's economic reform. Though there is a great deal of scholarship dealing with moral education in China, the role of power has never been systematically discussed in relation to this topic.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 black & white halftones, 11 tables
  • 0739175475
  • 9780739175477

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An important book, not only for scholars of moral and citizenship education, but for anyone interested in Chinese education today, and particularly those engaged in comparative and international studies. In this very readable account, Dr. Ye explores the dynamics of politics, power, and social change in the work of teachers and schools. Through three engaging school-based case studies, she considers the opportunities and tensions faced by those trying to bring about curriculum change in moral education, an area of the curriculum which remains highly politicised and of key importance to the Chinese state. This topical and accessible research deserves a wide readership. -- Aubrey Osler, University of Leeds and Buskerud and Vestfold University College As China's economy is progressively opened to the West, so too its scholars have started to reveal how the social system, little by little, responds to the authoritarian control of the Chinese Communist Party. What is revealed in these pages by no means amounts to a revolution or even a mild challenge to the CCP. Yet there is a glimpse of the way professionals in schools are able to negotiate aspects of moral education that suits their particular needs and indeed their constituencies. For some schools there is straightforward conformity to CCP policies, but for others there are detours and side streets that provide space for new ideas and indeed directions that suit local needs and respond to local pressures. The case studies reported here are illuminating for what they show us about school level decision making as well as macro conditions in twenty-first century China. The book is an important window on a part of the world that is assuming increasing importance for everyone. -- Kerry John Kennedy, Hong Kong Institute of Educationshow more

About Wangbei Ye

Wangbei Ye is lecturer of the Moral-political Education section in the Department of Political Science at East China Normal University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Power and Curriculum: Western Perspectives Chapter 3: Power and Curriculum in China: The Case of School-based Moral Education Chapter 4: Example 1: State-led Power Decentralization Chapter 5: Example 2: School-led Power Sharing Chapter 6: Example 3: Market-led Power Redistribution Chapter 7: Towards an Understanding of Power as Semi-emancipatory Relation: Comparison and Discussionshow more