1st Edition

Reassessing Vocational Education in China A Perspective From PISA

By Xu JinJie Copyright 2023
    168 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on the international comparison of vocational education in major countries and regions, this book revisits and reappraises China’s vocational education in terms of its institutional advantages and recent outstanding performance.

    For a long time, vocational education in China has been undervalued among the public, and students in vocational schools are also underrated as academic failures. Drawing on the empirical methods and data of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the author compares vocational education across theglobe, including Germany, Austria and those with traditional high-performing vocational education systems, as well as China, Japan, South Korea and other Southeast Asian countries. The results show that Chinese vocational school students performed well, especially exhibiting competency in adapting to transforming requirements for labor force in an intelligent era. The book also presents the policy achievements of vocational education in promoting equity in China. It aims to reshape the public’s understanding of the competency development of students in vocational schools and give insights into promoting curriculum reform.

    The book will appeal to scholars and students of vocational education, education policy, Chinese education and PISA and also policymakers and practitioners of vocational education.

    1. Introduction  2. Measurement and comparison of vocational school students' literacy from the perspective of PISA: methodology, rationale and design  3. Social and Economic Impact on Academic Performance of Students in Vocational Track  4. International comparison of the background, resources and governance of vocational schools  5. The Influence of learning environment on vocational school students and international comparison  6. Multiple factor analysis and recommendations for the literacy development of vocational school students


    Xu JinJie is Professor of Education at Shanghai Normal University, China. She specializes in the application of International Large-Scale Assessment in Education (ILSA) for policy analysis, particularly within the context of vocational education and teacher education.