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Going into the sea : the relationship of socio-economic developments and changes to the developments and changes in the education and training of adults in China and the UK, with comparative aspects in Hong Kong (1978-1996).

Xiao, Fang (1996) Going into the sea : the relationship of socio-economic developments and changes to the developments and changes in the education and training of adults in China and the UK, with comparative aspects in Hong Kong (1978-1996). PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

By using qualitative methodology, mainly through documentary analysis supported by a large number of semi-structured interviews, this study explores the relationship of socio-economic developments and changes to the developments and changes in the education and training of adults in the two countries and one region. The thesis argues that, as with other aspects of education, the education and training of adults can never be developed in isolation but always reflects, and is influenced by, socio-economic development and changes. On the one hand, socio-economic development and changes are driving forces for the development of the education and training of adults. On the other hand, in response to changes in the socio-economic context, management models for the education and training of adults will change. The study suggests that such management models can be illustrated as a triangle with orientations towards the three corners, that is, academic, planning and market orientations. The main finding of the study is that, despite their differences, the management models for the education and training of adults in the two countries and the region of Hong Kong, in various degrees, are moving together towards the market orientation because of the movement of international privatisation since the late 1970s. However, they will not move to the top position of the market orientation, but will continue to be a mixture of the three orientations. As an adult learner, educator and researcher, with a unique experience of being a graduate and university teacher in both China and the UK, the writer has attempted to contribute to mutual understanding in the important field of the education and training of adults in the two countries, with Hong Kong aspects as a comparison, and to the study of comparative adult education.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Education & training
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 16:18
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:50
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2960

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