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Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective

Competition and Compassion in Chinese Secondary Education

Authors: Zhao, Xu

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Competition and Compassion in Chinese Secondary Education examines the nature of academic competition in Chinese schools and documents its debilitating effects on Chinese adolescents' social, moral, and civic development.

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Robert L. Selman, Harvard Medical School, USA Helen Haste, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA

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"China's 'success' on international benchmarks has generated a wave of stereotypes, distortions, and mythologies. This important book is an unprecedented picture of the complex emotional and educational lives of Chinese adolescents. It is, in Xu Zhao's words, a "soul-searching" study - for the author, for these young people, and, indeed, for China." - Allan Luke, Professor Emeritus, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"Xu Zhao delivers a comprehensive and critical analysis of the policies and teaching, learning, and parenting practices that perpetuate a hyper-focus on academic achievement in Chinese schools. Her ground-breaking research opens a window for readers to appreciate the contextual influences in China that have historically fueled the focus on competitive academic success. Posing hard questions about the costs of academic achievement at the expense of social integration, Zhao offers practical suggestions for achieving the balance between these two critical aspects of adolescent development." - Nancy Arthur, Professor, Associate Dean Research, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada

"This hugely important book carries a message to China and the world: balancing compassion and competition in schools is necessary to build trust in Chinese civil society and foster cooperative international relations. China's meteoric economic rise is impressive. Yet success does not come without costs. Focusing on education and youth from an empirical psychological perspective, Zhao challenges the success narrative through splendid analysis of escalating competition in schools in the post-Mao era and suggests a sound resolution to the current predicament." - Johan Lagerkvist, Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, Stockholm University, Sweden and author of Tiananmen Redux: The Hard Truth about the Expanded Neoliberal World Order (2015)

"In examining the twin poles of competition and compassion among Chinese youth, Zhao creates a moving narrative linking human development to societal development. Based on years of research with hundreds of Chinese youth, Zhao shows a disturbing developmental change between younger and older adolescents, in which competition and survival gradually overwhelm compassion, empathy, and prosocial moral values in the pursuit of educational success. This book is a landmark achievement in the study of China as well as the study of adolescence." - Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Stressed and Lonely Chinese Teens

    Zhao, Xu

    Pages 1-13

  • Promoting Competition: A Dramatic Shift of Discourse

    Zhao, Xu

    Pages 17-31

  • Reducing Competition: The Cat and Mouse Game

    Zhao, Xu

    Pages 33-50

  • The Friendship Dilemma: Competition and Emotional Isolation

    Zhao, Xu

    Pages 51-71

  • “What’s Your Friend’s Ranking Position?” Parental Peer-Related Beliefs and Practices

    Zhao, Xu

    Pages 73-93

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47940-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Competition and Compassion in Chinese Secondary Education
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47941-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-47941-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47940-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 192
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