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HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION IN CHINA : Challenges and Priorities YANG Jin B.Sc M.Ed Ph.D Deputy Director-General Department of Basic Education Ministry of Education, P.R. China General social and economic policies Building a well-off society all-roundly

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high school education in china challenges and priorities

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION IN CHINA:Challenges and Priorities

YANG Jin B.Sc M.Ed Ph.D

Deputy Director-General

Department of Basic Education

Ministry of Education, P.R. China

Dr YANG Jin

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General social and economic policies
  • Building a well-off society all-roundly
  • Improving the socialist market economic system
  • Developing a new type of industrialization which includes higher scientific and technological intensity, better economic benefit, less environmental pollution, better use of the advantage of human resources
  • Adhering to people centred, well-rounded, coordinated and sustainable concept of development
  • Making great efforts to build a socialist harmonious society

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Major Challenges
  • Clear trend of the globalization of production and work, major multinational manufacturing and trading companies move their production and service into China.
  • Very fierce international economic and technological competition, the Chinese enterprises are facing heavy pressure for technological innovations.
  • The innovations of enterprises and improvement of efficiency lack strong qualified human resources support. In 2004, on average, the population of 15 years old and above had received about 8 years of education, similar to education level of the USA population 100 years ago.

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The Education System in China

Schooling

year

Age

27

22

Ph.D

26

21

25

20

24

19

Master’s degree

23

18

22

17

21

16

Bachelor’s

degree

20

15

本 科

Higher

vocational ed.

19

14

18

13

17

12

General high

school education

Vocational high

school education

16

11

15

10

14

9

Vocational middle school education

General middle

School education

13

8

12

7

11

6

10

5

9

4

Primary education

8

3

7

2

6

1

5

4

Pre-school ed.

3

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Quantitative target:

Universalizing 15 years of education is one of the major targets in 2020:

  • 3-year preschool education;
  • 9-year compulsory education; and
  • 3-year high school level of education.

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Making great efforts to enhance equity and quality of education

  • Improving education provision in rural and western areas
  • Making great efforts to carry out curriculum reforms
  • Strengthening and reforming moral education
  • Making changes of teaching/learning pedagogy
  • Strengthening pre-service and in-service teacher development

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Improving education provision in rural and western areas

  • 800 million of the 1.3 billion people of China live in the rural areas. Of the students receiving compulsory education, 80% is in the rural areas.
  • The Central Government of China has been earmarking special funds for building boarding schools, providing living expenses for students from poor families and promoting modern distance education.

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Making great efforts to carry out curriculum reforms

  • From Sept. 2005, new curriculum is going to be implemented for all new enrollment in primary and middle education

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Strengthening and reforming moral education

  • There is a urgent need for improving moral education and psychological guidance to students for developing healthy ideology, moral integrity and personal character.
  • Education in China has important roles to play for inheriting and advocating the 5000 years of Chinese culture, and for building a modern harmonious society.

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Making changes of teaching/learning pedagogy

  • From teacher-centred approach to student-centred approach
  • From the delivery of knowledge to foster the students’ creative competence

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From paying attention of the commonalities of students to paying attention of the individualities of students
  • From paying great attention on “good learners” to paying great attention on students with learning difficulties
  • From a rigid and examination-oriented type of assessment to a formative and “value-added” assessment system

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Strengthening pre-service and in-service teacher development

  • Improving the system of teacher training and life-learning of teachers;
  • Deepening the system of teacher management and ranks system so as to enhance the professional development of teachers;

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General Remarks

  • In the last 20 years or so, China has made tremendous progress in social and economic development. But, after all, China is still a developing country.
  • China is running the biggest education system which enrolls 20% of the world’s students with only 2% of the world’s educational funding.

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international education development
International Education Development

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©Knowledge for Development WBI

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Some outstanding features of the U.S. education system:
  • Great flexibility
  • Offering more choices and opportunities for students
  • Developing students’critic thinking ability and creativity
  • Social sectors’ and communities’ strong involvement
  • No Child Left Behind philosophy and action
  • Making use of modern technologies of instruction

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Considerations for future cooperation

  • Facilitating US states and Chinese provinces twin-ups for educational co-operations in various types and levels of education
  • Joint empirical comparative researches to identify, generate and promote good practices
    • Comparison of curricula standards
    • Comparison of textbooks
    • Comparison of assessment
    • Comparison of models of pre-service and in-service teacher training

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[email protected]

-86-10-66096369

Thanks

Dr YANG Jin

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