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TC and China

TC and China

This spring, when Frances Schoonmaker returns to China's Nanjing Normal University for the first time in 15 years, she'll be braced for a shock. Published: 6/28/2013

Educating The Public About Public Education

Educating The Public About Public Education

Former TC faculty member Donna E. Shalala has served in two presidential administrations and presided over three universities. In excerpts adapted from an interview for the Teachers College Oral History Project, she reflects on an unplanned career that has given her a unique perspective on why public schools matter. Published: 6/27/2013

Giving Peace Education a Chance

Giving Peace Education a Chance

It takes sweat and tears to prevent bloodshed Published: 6/27/2013

Learning From The Rest Of The World

Learning From The Rest Of The World

It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. It's called "learner-centered pedagogy," and since the 1970s it has been popular with some funders of education reform. Empower a group of students to work together on a project or report, the thinking goes, and they'll raise questions and own the work in ways that plain old didactic instruction could never produce. Published: 6/27/2013

Learning From the Rest of the World

Learning From the Rest of the World

It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. Published: 6/13/2013

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

The United States is becoming a majority non-white nation. To truly level the playing field, non-whites will need to reclaim and recast their own narratives. Published: 6/13/2013

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor of Education Published: 4/22/2013

TC's Lesley Bartlett is honored by the Comparative and International Education Society

TC's Lesley Bartlett is honored by the Comparative and International Education Society

An article co-authored by Lesley Bartlett, Associate Professor of Education, has received honorable mention in the competition for the 2012 George Bereday Award, which recognizes the best article published in the journal Comparative Education Review (CER). Published: 3/18/2013

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.  

As introduced, the background of educational stratification by gender motivated his empirical study regarding the impact of sex composition on education attainment. Based on data from Chinese General Social Survey 2008, and for a sample of about 6000 individuals aged above 18 from all China’s provinces except Ningxia, Qinghai and Tibet, he tested four specific hypotheses using regression models:   

(1) Sibling sex composition affect individual’s educational attainment, and such effect is gender asymmetric. This first hypothesis was confirmed. On the one hand, a negative effect of presence of brother in the sibship was found, where as there was a positive effect of the increase of percentage of girls in the sibship. At the same time, detrimental sibship only negatively affected female, while a favorable sibship both benefited male and female. He concluded that these findings are consistent to the budget constraint theory.  

(2) Does sex composition of sibling effect (SSCE) vary by the SES and hukou status of family? According to his analysis, this was partially confirmed.  

(3) Is SSCE waning as the improvement of mother’s status within household? This hypothesis was not confirmed. One explanation he provided is that educational level and/or occupational status may not be a sufficient measurement of mother’s status.  

(4) He also found that SSCE is heterogeneous across cohorts.  

A copy of his presentation can be downloaded from the link below.
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/document/31232_Zheng-sexcomposition.pdf  
(4/16/2014)