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Textbook Reform in China: Problems and Discussion

Topic: Textbook Reform in China: Problems and Discussion

Speaker: Professor Yueru Chen from Shandong Normal University, visiting scholar at Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University.

Time: 3.00 pm -4.40 pm on April 22th, 2010 (Thursday).
Location: GDH 541, Teachers College
Brief Introduction:
China's curriculum management and decision-making model was transformed from a centralized to a decentralized one, involving central, provincial, and local governments.
Since 1949, the People's Education Press lead by the Ministry of Education has been the monopoly power in textbook compilation, test, and publishing for more than 40 years. Until 1988, the Ministry of Education issued "The Project of Teaching Materials' Compilation and Planning for Nine-Year Compulsory Education" which allows social forces to participate in the compilation and publication of textbooks. It was a real prosperous state of the textbooks' publication after1990.
There are some problems in the views of education and subject knowledge, which reflect the inconsistence between educational policy and practice during the course of education reform. Since this inconsistence phenomenon exists in many educational fields, the research of China's educational policy should concentrate on both institutional theory and the specific effectiveness of practice. Prof. Chen's research tries to reveal the present curriculum reform's status of China's basic education in micro-aspect. She will talk about the evaluation system of textbook quality, the qualitative evaluation index of textbook's content and the existing problems in Chinese textbooks.