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Dual System and Progressive Education

Title: Dual System and Progressive Education: What Can China Learn from the U.S. and Germany's Vocational Education Systems?.
Name(s): Wang, Aihua, author
Milligan, Jeff, professor directing thesis
Iatarola, Patrice, committee member
Easton, Peter, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Unlike the industrialized countries such as the U.S. and Germany, where the formal vocational education evolved from their social and economic development, the vocational education in China has to face challenges like strong influence of Confucianism, lack of philosophical foundation which values hands-on learning and vocational education and low level of universal education and industrialization. Confronted with human resource crisis and problematic vocational education system, China has turned to the developed countries for useful lessons and practices. This study compares secondary vocational education systems among China, the U.S. and Germany with the purpose to explore useful lessons that China can learn from the two countries. From the social functionalist perspective, Germany's dual system shows some advantages in solving China's human resource crisis and in providing structured and job-specific training to students. However, the current practice in China to learn from Germany has been limited and superficial, with some important features about Germany's dual system being neglected by researchers and policy makers. In addition, more attention should be given to John Dewey's philosophy and the progressive aspects of the U.S. vocational education system in order to help China to develop a more informed and balanced strategy to improve its vocational education, not only to meet the demand from its economies and industries, but also to achieve the individual student's development and social equity.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4605 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Educational Specialist.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: October 31, 2011.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jeff Milligan, Professor Directing Thesis; Patrice Iatarola, Committee Member; Peter Easton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Wang, A. (2011). Dual System and Progressive Education: What Can China Learn from the U.S. and Germany's Vocational Education Systems? Retrieved from