Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

A State Intellectual Partnership? Roles of Key Players in the Development of National Curriculum in China
Dr Jingyi Li

This article exams the process of National Curriculum-making in China, with a focus on the English as a Foreign Language subject in Primary Education. The result shows that the practices of curriculum design at the national level involve a complicated State-intellectual partnership. While China’s curriculum policy-making is certainly not ‘bottom-up’, never the less there are opportunities for intellectuals to play a profoundly important part in the production process. The State remains its overarching power while in fact pressures from the side group – intellectuals (national curriculum designers and textbook editors) - are possible and becoming more evident.

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