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Learning from HMI: the structure and functions of school inspectorate in China and proposals for its future development.

Yang, Wei Qian. (1991) Learning from HMI: the structure and functions of school inspectorate in China and proposals for its future development. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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The thesis examines the functions and structure of the recently restored Chinese education inspection system, and proposes practical suggestions for its future development by adapting relevant experiences drawn from the practice of Her Majesty's Inspectorate in England. After analysing briefly the background of the restoration of the Chinese inspectorate and revealing its intention to learn from HMI, the thesis addresses the question: "How much can the Chinese inspectorate learn from HMI and how can those HMI experiences which are transferable be adapted in the light of the Chinese conditions"? To answer this question, the study looks first into HMI's functions and the ways of performing these functions, its relationships with various educational partners, and its organisational structure in historical as well as contemporary administrative perspectives. This section attempts not only to describe HMI's experiences but also to obtain a better understanding of the educational and administrative context which have a decisive influence on the operation of HMI. An analysis of these aspects in the Chinese context is then carried out, using mainly the author's own research findings. A considerable part of the thesis is devoted to discussing the feasibility of using HMI as a model. The differences and similarities between the two inspection systems as well as between the two educational administration systems, and other major factors including ideology of government, standards of economic development, and territory size have been identified and examined in order to decide the extent to which and the ways in which the Chinese inspectorate can benefit from learning from HMI. In the final part of the thesis, several important issues and shortcomings in the present Chinese inspection system are identified, based on the comparisons with HMI as well as on the field work findings. Practical proposals for the future development of the Chinese inspection systems are put forward. In addition, as the first substantial piece of research in English on the system of educational inspection in China, the thesis suggests some areas for further research.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Controlled Keywords: Inspection,Inspectors,Schools,Administration of education,China,Great Britain
Subjects: Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Welshman
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 15:37
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 11:26
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