1st Edition

Teaching in Primary Schools in China and India
Contexts of learning

ISBN 9781138580107
Published March 25, 2018 by Routledge
210 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

This book compares primary education in urban and rural China and India. It focuses on how the sociocultural context including educational policy, educators and parents’ beliefs, and the conditions under which teaching and learning occur shape classroom pedagogy and determine children’s attainment.

This in-depth, authentic, comparative analysis of the two largest educational systems in the world is a must-read for scholars interested in the teaching and learning in these two rapidly developing Asian cultures. A common set of questions has been addressed in diverse contexts. The empirical work on which this book is based is most impressive – videotaping of mathematics and language lessons, interviews with parents and educators questionnaires with parents, teachers and children and tests of children’s mathematics attainment – and this done in 3 locations in China, 3 in India and 12 schools in total.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. The National Context: Educational Policy and Implementation  3. The Local Contexts  4. The Classroom Context: Teaching and Learning Mathematics  5. The Classroom Context: Teaching and Learning Language  6. Policy Makers’, Principals’ and Teachers’ Views on Teaching and Learning  7. Parents’ and Students’ Views on Schooling and Achievement  8. Teaching and Learning in Chinese and Indian Primary Schools

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Nirmala Rao is a Professor, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong.

Emma Pearson is a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Kai-ming Cheng is a Professor and Chair of Education, the University of Hong Kong.

Margaret Taplin is an Independent Educational Consultant based in Australia and Hong Kong.


'The research methodology adopted is impressive and multi-dimensional...I recommend this book highly. It helps our understanding of the contexts of learning in China and India with regard to primary schooling and provides insights and explanations which I have not readily found in other research publications.' - Professor Rupert Maclean, Chair Professor of International Education,UNESCO Chair in TVET and Lifelong Learning, The Hong Kong Institute of Education