Int Rev Educ (2017) 63:941–943 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-017-9684-8 BOOK REVIEW Spotlight on China: Changes in education under China’s market economy Edited by Shibao Guo and Yan Guo. 2016. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 396 pp. ISBN 978-94-6209-880-0 (hbk), ISBN 978-94-6209-879-4 (pbk), ISBN 978-94-6209-881-7 (eBook) Darko Strajn Published online: 25 October 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2017 China is no longer the mysterious, secluded and impenetrable country, society and culture it seemed to be almost four decades ago. We know increasingly more about China and – contrary to the ideologically strictly controlled era – the country’s actors in politics, economy and culture are now enlarging their communication with the ‘‘external’’ world. Starting with Deng Xiaoping’s reform in 1978, China’s fascinating developments are still inciting discourses of change. Although economic priorities remain prominent, many perceptions of change are focused on other areas of social life, among which education is especially prominent. Competent and mostly evidence-based research and publishing exceeds a merely descriptive approach in educational sciences. Publications are also highlighting problems and obstacles of the educational system and practice. In the Foreword, Gerard A. Postiglione remarks: ‘‘Not surprisingly, education has moved to centre stage in the national discourse as
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