Revisiting educational equity and quality in China through confucianism, policy, research, and practice

Mu, Guanglun Michael, Zheng, Xinrong, Jia, Ning, Li, Xiaohua, Wang, Shaoyi, Chen, Yachuan, He, Ying, May, Lyn, Carter, Merilyn , Dooley, Karen, Berwick, Adon, Sobyra, Angela, & Diezmann, Carmel (2013) Revisiting educational equity and quality in China through confucianism, policy, research, and practice. The Australian Educational Researcher, 40(3), pp. 373-389.

View at publisher


The promotion of educational equity and improvement of educational quality in China are contextualised in tenets of Confucianism and policy directives, inspiring educational research and practice. In this paper, we first explore the historical and cultural roots of educational equity and quality through Confucianism and elaborate on the current policy priority that aims to address educational equity and quality. We then present an overview of research on equity and quality in Chinese education. Informed by Confucianism, policy, and research, we pose a framework to structure our investigation and analysis of three illustrative examples, namely the Special Post Teacher Plan, amalgamation of rural schools, and schooling of floating children. Drawing insights from Confucianism, policy, research, and practice, we conclude that the promotion of educational equity through high quality provision of education for disadvantaged groups can help to narrow the gap in educational quality currently existing in China.

Impact and interest:

6 citations in Scopus
3 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 61348
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Educational equity, Educational quality, Confucianism, The State Guidelines, Chinese education
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-013-0113-0
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2013 05:32
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2013 21:50

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page