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1st Edition

Rural Education in China’s Social Transition

ISBN 9780367624101
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
256 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, the People's Republic of China experienced dramatic growth and expansion that altered the educational environment of children. Rapid economic development increased prosperity and educational opportunities for children expanded in a wealthier society. Yet, a by-product of rising wealth was rising inequality. While the children of the emerging urban middle and elite classes enjoyed new prosperity, the children of hte persistently poor in rural communities continued to experience challenges such as food insecurity, illness, hardships of family separation, and migrant life on the margins of the cities. This time period saw a large resource gap emerge between the home conditions of poor rural children compared with those of their wealthier urban counterparts.

This book highlights the complexities China has experienced in seeking to extend full educational access to rural children— including rural- to- urban migrant and ethnic minority children—during a momentous period in China. Chapters delve into the experiences, perceptions, strategies, and diffi culties of rural- origin children and their families in the school system, and lay bare the challenges of policy initiatives designed to support rural education.
We hope the experiences detailed here will be of interest to students and scholars of rural educational policy and practice in China and worldwide.

Table of Contents

PART I: How Rural Families Support and Their Children’s Education

Chapter 1 Credit Limits as an Element of Family Socioeconomic Status: An Application to the Case of Children's Educational Outcomes in Rural Gansu Province

Wensong Shen and Emily Hannum

Chapter 2 Engendering a Love for Learning: Family and School Contexts and Children’s Educational Engagement in Rural Gansu, China

Yuping Zhang and Peggy A. Kong

Chapter 3 Educational Differences in Parental Support for Children’s Schooling in Rural China

Peggy A. Kong

Chapter 4 Parental Involvement in Rural Anhui: Coping with the Burden of Guanxi

Ailei Xie

PART 2: Challenges for Minority Youth in Rural Areas

Chapter 5 "Two Basics" in a Rural Muslim Area of Northwest China

Hong Yanbi

Chapter 6  Exceptions to the Rule: Rural and Nomadic Tibetans Gaining Access to Dislocated Elite Inland Boarding Schools

Gerard A. Postiglione and Xiaoliang Li

PART 3: Challenges of providing quality education in rural communities

Chapter 7 Universalization of Preschool Education in Rural Shanxi

Tanja Sargent, Shudan Hao, Xiao Yang, and Lin Li

Chapter 8 Correlates and Implications of Grade Retention in Rural Northwest China

Li-Chung Hu and Emily Hannum

Chapter 9 Schools as De Facto Childcare Centers: Adolescents’ Lives and Educational Paths in Rural China

Shu Hu

PART 4: Challenges for Rural Migrant Children

Chapter 10 Access and Equity for Rural Migrants in Shanghai

Lisa Yiu

Chapter 11 Migrant Education: Family Strategies and Public Policies

Bill Tsang

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Peggy A. Kong, Visiting Scholar, Drexel University.

Emily Hannum, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.

Gerard A.Postiglione, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong.