Conceptual, Institutional and Physical Infrastructure: Understanding the Role of China’s Higher Education in its “Second Cultural Revolution”

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2003

Project Description/Abstract

This research is a longitudinal study (20 years) of the evolution of higher education/curriculum in China’s urban and rural venues. I will visit two universities, Southeastern University in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province (a city near Shanghai) and Shanxi Teacher’s University in Linfen, Shanxi Province. I have taught at these universities in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1997. The first objective is to utilize data from my book on China (now out of print) to describe, analyze and compare Chinese higher education/curriculum from 1985 to 2005. The second objective is to gather data on higher education/curriculum in situ from 1990 to the present, detailing the context of change, i.e., the “four modernizations” and globalization. I will interview colleagues and students, as in the past. This research will result in a prospectus consisting of: Table of Contents, Introduction and a sample chapter for submission to publishers.

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