Between Modern Schooling and Cultural Heritage: Education and Ethnicity in Southwest China
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis (compilation)
The overall aim of the thesis is to contribute to a critical understanding of how ethnic minority culture is integrated into school practices, inside and outside classrooms; what kinds of challenges in teaching and administration teachers encounter in Chinese ethnic minority regions specifically regarding ethnic Dai and ethnic Tujia; and how pre-service teachers are prepared in present teacher education programmes in ethnic minority areas. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of multicultural education and internal orientalism, this thesis contextualises multicultural education by analysing Chinese acedemic debates on the subject as well as by investigating how political, social and cultural forces influence education for ethnic minorities in Southwest China.
The data for this thesis consists of sampled literature on the topic of “education and ethnicity” in Chinese academia for a literature review, as well as empirical data collected using a qualitative approach, including interviews with school teachers and teacher educators, focus group discussions with school teachers and document analysis of teacher education syllabuses.
The overall findings show that the major insights of international scholarship on multicultural education since 1970 has not significantly informed on ethnic minority education research in China; the manifestations of ethnic minority culture within the school context are superficial and largely in the form of static cultural artefacts; teachers’ practices of integrating cultural content are performed as add-ons; and cultivation of multicultural competence for work in ethnic minority education amongst pre-service teachers is, to a great extent, missing from teacher education programmes.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Translated title of the contribution||Mellan modern skolundervisning och kulturarv: Utbildning och etnicitet i sydvästra Kina|
|Award date||2019 Mar 12|
|Place of Publication||Lund|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Feb 6|
Barbara Schulte & Wei Wang
2016/08/15 → 2019/03/31
2014/09/01 → 2019/03/31
Project: Dissertation › Individual research project