Citizenship Education in China: Preparing Citizens for the

Citizenship Education in China

Preparing Citizens for the "Chinese Century", 1st Edition

Edited by Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao


268 pages

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There is a flourishing literature on citizenship education in China that is mostly unknown in the West. Liberal political theorists often assume that only in democracy should citizens be prepared for their future responsibilities, yet citizenship education in China has undergone a number of transformations as the political system has sought to cope with market reforms, globalization and pressures both externally and within the country for broader political reforms. Over the past decade, Chinese scholars have been struggling for official recognition of citizenship education as a key component of the school curriculum in these changing contexts. This book analyzes the citizenship education issues under discussion within China, and aims to provide a voice for its scholars at a time when China’s international role is becoming increasingly important.

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About the Editors

Kerry J. Kennedy is Research Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Gregory P. Fairbrother is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Zhao Zhenzhou is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

About the Series

Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia

The purpose of this series is to provide a comprehensive coverage of schooling issues in

Asia and a platform for exploring educational futures in the region. It also aims to:

• Locate schools in the broader social, political, economic and cultural contexts that

construct them.

• Investigate the ways schools cater for all groups of students, and in particular

disadvantaged groups, in the quest for equality of opportunity.

• Investigate the distinctive qualities of schools in Asia and the relationship of these

qualities to schooling outcomes.

• Highlight comparative issues in schooling across East-West divides including cultures,

digital technologies, socioeconomic well being and development trajectories of different


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects