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Work begins on Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China project

The Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (IEEQC) team

The Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (IEEQC) team

3 December 2008

Sally Thomas and Wen Jung Peng from the Graduate School of Education have just returned from a successful visit to China to launch the new two year ESRC/DFID funded “Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China” (IEEQC) project.

Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (IEEQC) team

The Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (IEEQC) team

Sally Thomas and Wen Jung Peng from the Graduate School of Education have just returned from a successful visit to China to launch the new two year ESRC/DFID funded “Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China” (IEEQC) project.  A launch seminar was held in Beijing on 14th Oct 2008 attended by Chris Godwin Director of Research Councils UK (RCUK) Beijing, project partners, advisors and national media. 

Briefly, the project aims are to investigate the range and extent of school effects in 250+ Chinese senior secondary schools as well as explore how local context may play a key role in determining definitions of educational effectiveness and quality more broadly.  The research seeks to promote the development of innovation in school evaluation using a variety of approaches and guidelines for implementation  involving key stakeholders such as policy makers, LEA officers, teachers and students.  A key purpose of enhancing understanding of how best to  evaluate education quality in China is that this knowledge will also contribute to achieving wider developmental goals such as raising educational standards, especially in poorer areas  social justice and cohesion and equal opportunities.

Presentations outlining the aims and objectives of the project were also given at Beijing Normal University and at a UNESCO supported conference “The Development of Rural Education in the context of Social Transformation of China - a Review of 30 Years of Rural Education Reform” (30-31 Oct 2008, Yancheng, Jiansu).  IEEQC meetings and data collection were also conducted in collaboration with a range of national and local policy makers and other stakeholders including teachers and students. 

Further details can be found on the IEEQC website.

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