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The Mingyuan Education Project

With financial support from the Gu Mingyuan Educational Research and Development Foundation (the Mingyuan Foundation), the Center on Chinese Education has launched the Mingyuan Education Project. The project is aimed at promoting education exchange between China and the United States, supporting research on Chinese education, and extending the outreach of the Mingyuan Foundation. Published: 5/8/2015 6:27:00 PM

Professor Zheng Lei's presentation on sex composition of sibling and education attainment in China

On April 14, 2014, professor Zheng, Lei, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University's Faculty of Education, delivered a presentation titled sex composition of sibling, intra-household resource allocation and educational attainment in China. Published: 4/16/2014 1:47:00 PM

Professor Chen Chao's presentation on staff-faculty ratio in public universities

Professor Chen Chao, a visiting scholar from Naikai University of China, presented his research on the March 3 of 2014. His topic is on the ratio of administrators and administrative staff-to-faculty in public universities and its implications. Published: 3/4/2014 1:00:00 PM

Professor Xia Xue's presentation on quantity and quality of primary and secondary school teacher quality in China

On February 17, 2014, Xia Xue, a visiting scholar from Northeast China Normal University, gave a presentation on the quantity and quality of primary and secondary school teachers in China. Published: 2/17/2014 6:36:00 PM

Professor Zhou Huimei's presentation: the institutional analysis of changes of the mass education museum in Republic of China

On the February 3 of 2014, Zhou Huimei, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University's Faculty of Education, gave a presentation on the changes of mass education museum in Republic of China. Published: 2/3/2014 4:15:00 PM

CoCE welcomes visiting scholars and students in the new semester of spring 2014

CoCE welcomes visiting scholars and students in the new semester of spring 2014

Center on Chinese Education is hosting a group of visiting scholars and students for the 2013-2014 academic year, who continue to be present in the spring 2014 semester. Published: 2/1/2014 1:27:00 PM

The Joy of Dr. Ruth

The Joy of Dr. Ruth

Preaching good sex --and good relationships-- in an uncertain world Published: 11/6/2013

Giving Their Regards to TC Way

Giving Their Regards to TC Way

An enthusiastic crowd kicks off the academic year by celebrating TC's new address Published: 9/5/2013

TC and China

With all the construction and traffic, “I don’t know if I’ll still be able to ride my bicycle around,” says Schoonmaker, Professor Emerita in TC’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, who will deliver the university’s Famous Foreign Professor lectures, funded by Jiangsu Province.

But Schoonmaker, who has taught in China and other nations throughout her career, also expects to find a changing educational landscape – one that to a large extent reflects the influence of Teachers College over more than a century.

In the early 1900s, a generation of brilliant Chinese educators studied at the College and returned home to modernize their country’s school system. John Dewey spent two years in China, from 1919—1921, delivering more than 200 lectures.

More recently, the work of Mun Tsang, an education economist who directs TC’s Center on Chinese Education, prompted China’s government to make public education accessible to literally millions of poor students in rural areas. TC faculty are also changing the way China teaches art and laying the groundwork for a community college system that could serve the vast number of migrant workers flooding into the cities.

Currently, TC is working with China to bring top Chinese high school students to TC to help them prepare to attend colleges in the United States. Through TC, Chinese college students who aspire to teach take classes and visit leading U.S. public and private high schools. The TC-China partnership is also assembling cohorts of rising young leaders in both the United States and China to study together in both countries.

Fran Schoonmaker hasn’t had to travel to see the effects of all these efforts.“In the early 1980s, Chinese students at TC looked at curriculum essentially as a syllabus or textbook approved by the Ministry of Education,” she says. Schoonmaker says China’s education leaders are talking a very different party line today. “Just the other morning, in the South China Morning Post, the Secretary of Education said the government is ‘committed to safeguarding core values such as citizens’ rights, freedom and democracy and to accommodating different viewpoints and opinions.’ He was referring specifically to their new National Curriculum for Moral Education.”