Handbook of Education in China
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Handbook of Education in China

Edited by W. J. Morgan, Qing Gu and Fengliang Li

The Handbook of Education in China provides both a comprehensive overview and an original interpretation of key aspects of education in the People’s Republic of China. It has four parts: The Historical Background; The Contemporary Chinese System; Problems and Policies; The Special Administrative Regions: Macau and Hong Kong. The Handbook is an essential reference for those interested in Chinese education; as well as a comprehensive textbook that provides valuable supplementary material for those studying Chinese politics, economy, culture and society more generally.
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Chapter 19: Environmental education

Qing Tian, Yu Huang, Gerald A. McBeath and Jenifer Huang McBeath


The chapter provides an account of the development of environmental education in schools and in higher education. Environmental degradation is now a matter for concern in China, especially given the country’s rapid economic growth. The chapter argues that environmental education has benefited from the traditional Chinese concept of social learning or tianren heyi, which regards humanity as an integral part of nature. It concludes that sustainable development should continue to see greater government investment in environmental education and co-operation with non-governmental organizations.

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