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We seek to contribute to a better understanding of education development in China and to strengthen education relationship between the United States and China.

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International Conference on Chinese Education


February 6, 2003 (179 Grace Dodge Hall, Teachers College)

Reception & Registration (5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.)

February 7, 2003 (179 Grace Dodge Hall, Teachers College)

Breakfast & Registration (8.15 a.m.-9.00 a.m.)

Opening of Conference (9.00 a.m. - 9.15 a.m.)

Session 1 (9.15 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.)  Higher Education
Chair:  Mun C. Tsang (Columbia University)

  • "Chinese Universities: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges"
    Weifang Min (Peking University) and Xiaohao Ding (Peking University)
  • "Efficiency in Resource Allocation in an Expanding System of Higher Education"
    Henry Levin (Columbia University)
  • " Student Aids and Higher Education Access in China "
    Xin Wei (Peking University) and Wenli Li (Peking University)
  • "Financing of Higher Education: Issues and Policies"
    Xiaohao Ding (Peking University)

Discussant:  Philip Altbach (Boston College)

Coffee Break (10.45 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.)

Session 2 (11.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.)  Primary and Secondary Education
Chair:  Xin Wei (Peking University)

  • "Financial Disparities and Intergovernmental Grants in Compulsory Education"
    Mun Tsang (Columbia University)
  • "School Equity in Rural China "
    Albert Park (University of Michigan)
  • "Education of Migrant Children: Negotiations between State and Civil Society"
    Julia Kwong (University of Manitoba)

Discussant:  Leslie Lo (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Lunch (12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.)

Session 3 (1.15 p.m. - 2.45 p.m.)  Education and Development
Chair: Marla Brassard (Columbia University)

  • "Cross and Within-Cultural Variations in Children's Mathematical Understanding of Distance, time, and Speed Interrelations: Evidence from China and the United States"
    Stephen Peverly (Columbia University) and Zheng Zhou (St. John's University)
  • "Education and Work: The Efficacy of Schooling on Human Resource Development in Three Regions in China "
    Jin Xiao (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Leslie Lo (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Manhong Lai (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • "Children's Welfare in China :  Access to Health Insurance & Education in the 1990s"
    Emily Hannum (University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Adams (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • "Critical Issues Facing Chinese Education in the 21 st Century: Peace, Environment, and Reconstruction of Morality and Spirituality"
    Jing Lin (University of Maryland)

Discussant: Lynn Paine (Michigan State University)

Coffee Break (2.45 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.)

Session 4 (3.00 p.m. - 4.15. p.m.)  Presentations by Doctoral Students
Chair:  Wallace Wang (Columbia University)

  • "Compulsory Education in China 's Minority Districts: Underfunded or Favorably Financed?"
    Yanqing Ding (Columbia University)
  • "The Place They Call Home: The Influence of Communities on Children's Schooling"
    Jennifer H. Adams (Harvard University)
  • "Interpersonal Trust and Tolerance to Other People: Comparing the University-Educated in China and Taiwan"
    Zhengxu Wang (University of Michigan)
  • "Stratification Trends in Chinese Education"
    Qiang Zha (University of Toronto)

End of Conference