Education in Tibet

Policy and Practice since 1950

Catriona Bass

Education in Tibet

Catriona Bass

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320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1998
Cloth $80.95 ISBN: 9781856496735 Published December 1998 For sale in North and South America only
This is the first book in English, or any other Western language, to give a comprehensive overview of education provision and policy in thje Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) during the half century since China asserted control over the region. The author sets her modern history of education in the TAR against the wider context of the political and educational shifts which have taken place in China since the Communist Party cam to power in 1949.

Catriona Bass presents the best information available about each educational sector, focussing on issues such as access, funding, quality of provision, the little-known role of the monasteries in education and the controversial issue of the medium of instruction. She also uses a judicious combination of sources including first-hand observation, interviews with Tibetan refugees and with educationalists in China and Tibet, and official sources in both Chinese and Tibetan. Some of the statistical data here has not been made outside China before.
This unique work is essential reading for Sinologists and for those with a general interest in education in China, as well as those with a specific interest in Tibet
Contents
Introduction
Part 1
1. Background
2. Red or Expert: Shifting Priorities in Education, 1950-1978
3. Socialist Modernisation, 1978-97
4. Regional Disparity in Education Provision
Part 2
5. Primary Education
6. Funding of Primary Education: Urban versus Rural
7. General Secondary Education
8. Vocational Secondary Education
9. Higher Education
10.Pre-school Education, Education for Girls, Special Needs EDucation
11. Teachers and Teaching
12. Tibetan Language Policy in Education
13. Concluding Comments
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