Portraits of Chinese Schools

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This book anayyses Chinese schools from the perspcctive of students, teachers, parents.principals and school organizations.It has been compiled by Professor Mingyuan Gu's team and provides a panoramic view of Chinese schools in the context of the transformation of Chinese education.This book will appeal to all readers interested in Chinese education and Chinese schools.Professor Gu Mingyuan from Beijing Normal University is emeritus president of the Chinesc Society of Education.Dr.Ma Jiansheng is a professor at the Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE) and director of the Graduate Education Research Center in BNU.Jun Teng deputy director of IICE and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University's Teacher's College.
Table of Contents
Translator's Postscript
Chapter 1 Introduction: Unveiling the Mystery of Chinese Schools
1.Chinese Schools in an Ever—Changing World
2.A Panoramic View of Chinese Schools: Key Factors
Part 1 Chinese Students
Chapter 2 A Long but Colorful Day
1.Intensive Classroom Learning
2.Flag—Raising Ceremony as a Means of Education
3.Multi—Functional Class Meeting Activities
4.Competition for Titles and Honors
5.Frequent Exams
6.Rich Activities of Student Societies
Chapter 3 Chinese Students' Collective Identity
1.Social Grouping: Building Social Identity
2.Social Comparison
3.Positive Distinctiveness: Self—Motivation of Group Members
Chapter 4 The Gaokao Experience of Chinese Students
1.A Chinese Student's Gaokao Journey to University
2.Year 3 Preparation Stage
3.The Day of the Gaokao
4.The Follow—Up Stage
5.Reflection on the Gaokao Journey
Part 2 Chinese Parents
Chapter 5 A Tiring but Happy Day for Chinese Parents
1.Excessive Love
2.Parent—School Cooperation
3.Pervasive "Shadow Education"
4.Lack of Proper Family Education
Chapter 6 Upbringing Methods and Educational Philosophy for Chinese Parents
1.Features of the Chinese Family
2.The Multiple Facets of Chinese Parents and Their Educational Philosophies
3.Understanding and Reflections from a Cross—Cultural Perspective
Chapter 7 School Choice: A Harsh Journey for Chinese Parents
5.The Dilemma
Part 3 Chinese Teachers
Chapter 8 A Typical Day of a Head Teacher in China
1.Busy Schedule
2.Supervising Studies
3.Promoting Students' Healthy Development
4.Organizing Various Activities
5.As a United Group
6.Coordinating the Trilateral Relations among Students, Families and School
7.Active Participation in School Affairs
8.Seeking Self—Improvement
9.Head Teachers' Views of Themselves
Chapter 9 Diverse Images of Chinese Teachers
1.The Traditional Image of Chinese Teachers
2.Images of Teachers during the New Curriculum Reform
3.Teachers' Self—Perception
4.Reasons for Changes in the Image of Teachers
Chapter 10 The Value of Education: Chinese Teachers' Teaching and Peda— gogy Research
1.TR: School—Based Teachers' Professional Development
2.PR: From Practice and for Practice
3.The Outlook for TR and PR
Part 4 Chinese Principals
Chapter 11 A Typical Day of a Chinese Principle
1.Busy, Busy, Busy
2.Daily Affairs
3.A Busy Heart Makes Life Really Busy
4.Busy in an Orderly Way
5.Busy yet Content
Chapter 12 Principal Selection
1.What Are the General Profiles of Principals?
2.How Have They Become Principals?
3.Professional Standards for the Principal
Chapter 13 The Innovative Leadership of China's Excellent Principals
1.External Assistance
2.Structural Optimization and Incentives Mechanism
Part 5 School Organization in China
Chapter 14 High Quality Schools in China: Demonstration Senior Middle Schools
1.Introduction of the "Demonstration Senior Middle School" Policy
2.Motivations for Becoming a Demonstration Senior Middle School
3.Selection Process
4.Positive Influence
Chapter 15 Conglomeration as an Organizational Innovation in China's School Education
1.The Background: The Need of the Times
2.The Mission of Improving Regional Education
3.Organizational and Administrative Innovation in Educational Conelomeration
4.Three Main Characteristics of the Educational Conglomeration
5.Case Study of Reform on Educational Conglomeration
Chapter 16 Epilogue: Colorful and Dynamic Chinese Schools
1.Discrepancies in Educational Targets
2.Joy and Pain in the Development of Chinese Students
3.Anxieties and Expectations of the Chinese Parents
4.Expectations and the Liberation of Chinese Teachers
5.Dilemma and Breakthrough for Chinese Principals
6.Evolution and Variation of Chinese School Organization
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Duoduo's mother says that making use ofparents to protect children works very well.The crowd at the school entrance disperses within 15 to 20 minutes and in a much more orderly way than before.In this manner, school security personnel,teachers on duty and parent volunteers work in tandem to promote school safety.In addition, through the voluntary duty system, parents start to recognize the difficulties on the school's side.In Duoduo's mother's opinion, the school personnel and parents get in touch and appreciate each other as they work together.Seeing the efforts made by parents, school leaders and teachers will experience a boost of morale and know that their work is valuable and important; and when parents realize how hard the teachers work for their children, they will be more supportive and tolerant of the school.
2.2 Thoughts on Parent—School Cooperation
Currently, schools are expected to deliver highly ambitious results, such as equal access to education opportunities, quality education, individualized education and better vocational education.Such unrealistic expectations create a huge amount of pressure for schools.At the Education Reform Seminar co—hosted by the China Education 30 Forum and Caijing magazine, Professor Xiang Xianming from Renmin University of China pointed out that educational issues were often mixed up with social, management or political issues.Therefore, sole reliance on schools is not sufficient to address issues that require the joint efforts of schools, families and society at large.
Portraits of Chinese Schools