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Article: Legislation and equality in basic education for all in China

TitleLegislation and equality in basic education for all in China
Authors
KeywordsChina
Education for all
Educational equality
Law
Legislation
Social change
State
Issue Date2009
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0826-4805
Citation
Interchange, 2009, v. 40 n. 4, p. 337-372 How to Cite?
AbstractIn China, legislation exists which requires compulsory schooling for all students of school age. This article examines the functions of and the constraints on using law to institutionalize equality in basic education. It argues that, in China, law is a last resort, holding governments of various levels accountable. Law can be a device of social justice to promote equity in education by serving as an important mechanism to check and balance the state's power regarding its obligations toward instituting basic education, redistributing public resources, reducing disparities, and promoting equality in compulsory schooling. However, the use of legislation to promote equity in basic education is constrained by economic conditions and other extra-legal factors. This article concludes by offering an explanation of the functions of and constraints on law in the quest for equality in basic education, as well as the implications of China's experience for understanding law and change. © Springer 2009.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125472
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.131
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dc.contributor.authorPan, SYen_HK
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dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:33:24Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
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dc.identifier.issn0826-4805en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn China, legislation exists which requires compulsory schooling for all students of school age. This article examines the functions of and the constraints on using law to institutionalize equality in basic education. It argues that, in China, law is a last resort, holding governments of various levels accountable. Law can be a device of social justice to promote equity in education by serving as an important mechanism to check and balance the state's power regarding its obligations toward instituting basic education, redistributing public resources, reducing disparities, and promoting equality in compulsory schooling. However, the use of legislation to promote equity in basic education is constrained by economic conditions and other extra-legal factors. This article concludes by offering an explanation of the functions of and constraints on law in the quest for equality in basic education, as well as the implications of China's experience for understanding law and change. © Springer 2009.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0826-4805en_HK
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dc.rightsThe original publication is available at www.springerlink.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectEducation for allen_HK
dc.subjectEducational equalityen_HK
dc.subjectLawen_HK
dc.subjectLegislationen_HK
dc.subjectSocial changeen_HK
dc.subjectStateen_HK
dc.titleLegislation and equality in basic education for all in Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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