pp. 5-9 | Manuscript Number: epasr.2008.001
Published Online: January 01, 2008
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We are pleased to present this special issue on the contemporary trends and issues of progressive education in China. China is a country not only with massive education, but also with a rich educational history dating back more than three thousand years. With this special issue, the Journal of Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research has paid attention to the current developments in theory and practice of China’s education. Four articles and one book review are being published in the current issue reflecting China’s contemporary progressive education from different sides.
In The Way of “Wei Yu” -- An Orientation of Education for the Chinese in the Globalizing World, Professor Zhang Shiya discussed the characteristics of contemporary Chinese education in the context of globalization and internalization. Professor Zhang pointed out that the concept of Chinese includes not only the 56 ethnic groups inhabiting in China, but also Chinese descendants overseas. The author argued that all Chinese people have a common basis of identification: four words, “Zhong He Wei Yu”(center, harmony, position, birth), have been engraved in Dacheng Hall of Confucian temple in Qufu City, Shandong Province. Education for the Chinese Groups advocated by Professor Zhang expatiate a philosophical approach of Chinese culture: rich in individuality, harmony in society and Great Harmony all over the world.