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Learning Diversity in the Chinese ClassroomContexts and Practice for Students with Special Needs$
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Shane N. Phillipson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098725

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098725.001.0001

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Critical Issues in Diversity and Schooling within Asia

Critical Issues in Diversity and Schooling within Asia

(p.35) 2 Critical Issues in Diversity and Schooling within Asia
Learning Diversity in the Chinese Classroom

Suk Ching Stella Chong

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores some of the key issues associated with diversity and schooling in eleven countries in Asia: the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), plus the People’s Republic of China (China). Some of the complex issues which are examined include cultural identity, assimilation or inclusion, choice of language, preferred culture, equality and power relations — all of which contribute to the provision of quality education in Asian countries. A broad, rather than an exclusively Chinese, perspective is adopted because Chinese people are found in all of these countries and because these countries are often, erroneously, perceived to be similar, a misconception this chapter attempts to dispel.

Keywords:   Assimilation, Inclusion, Equality, Power relations, Cultural identity, Diversity, Schooling

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