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The Same … or Different? A Comparative Study of Kindergarten Policy and Practices in China and England

Harvell, Janet (2013) The Same … or Different? A Comparative Study of Kindergarten Policy and Practices in China and England. Masters thesis, University of Plymouth.


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This study is focused on examining the similarities and differences in early years policy and practices in China and England, using a small case study approach to support a more detailed analysis. An extensive literature review examines the impact of human capital theory on the development of early years strategies in both countries and the emerging neo-liberal policies which have resulted in the marketisation of early years provision in both England and China.

Primary evidence includes first-hand observations, informal discussions and semi-structured interviews undertaken during 25 visits to 15 different settings in China during a four year period. The case study, involving one English and one Chinese setting, provides an invaluable opportunity for a more informed comparison. Findings from the research identified three emerging themes: the impact of marketisation on early years provision; the effect of changing demographics and parental expectations as a result of China’s one child policy; and the challenges facing both countries in developing a well-trained early years workforce.

Finally the study concludes by suggesting additional areas for research focused on further investigation into the impact of the one-child policy; exploration into the effectiveness of early bilingual experiences on children’s learning of English and further examination into what lessons early years settings can learn from the Confucian approach

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:

Dissertation submitted in part requirement for the MA in Education at the University of Plymouth.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: early years policy, comparative study, China, England
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Janet Harvell
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:19

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