Comparative Education: A Case Study of Chinese and Danish Systems

By Fang Yang.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Comparative education acknowledges that a country’s educational system and its culture are deeply rooted in and strongly influence each other, so that educational borrowing will have a far-reaching effect on all aspects of the society. Yet little has been discussed about the difficulty of educational borrowing and what factors should be considered in analyzing the feasibility of educational borrowing. This paper, through a careful description of the vastly different Chinese and Danish educational systems, processes, outcomes, and their national contexts, highlights the relationship between education and society and finds that mutual learning happened unconsciously in the two nations as part of the globalization trend, yet the results are mixed. Further analysis concludes that, the success of educational borrowing across borders is determined by not only the respective nations’ comprehensive culture, but also their political traditions, economic development, even history and geography. Finally, the paper attempts to draw out lessons from the comparative study and give advice for the areas and practices of further educational borrowing between the two systems.

Keywords: Comparative Education, Denmark, China

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.93-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 897.261KB).

Fang Yang

Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages, China Women’s University, Beijing, China

Before joining China Women’s University, I have been engaged in areas including business, education, humanities and research in China, North America, Europe, even Africa and South Asia. It probably explains my keen interest in comparative education, which encompasses so many disciplines and subjects. Currently working as an English teacher in China Women’s University in Beijing, I make my humble contribution to generating better learners through the promotion of students’ autonomous learning and creation of an intercultural atmosphere in class. My other research interests include microfinance, health care reform, and local application of business theories.


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