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This series of posts by Dr. Shibao Guo (University of Calgary, Canada) is a truncated version of an article (Guo, 2012) that appears in a recent special issue of the scholarly journal Canadian and International Education. Part 1 provided an overview of the present state of education for migrants and the curious and little known phenomenon of migrant teachers. Part 2 describes the places where the research was conducted as well as the methods used to collect data.

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Due to the obvious practical limitations of studying such a large phenomenon, this study focused on migrant teachers in two cities, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, both in Guangdong Province. These two cities were chosen because it was in Guangdong that Deng Xiaoping initiated experiments with the market economy in the 1980s, a policy shift that led to the mass migration that we see today. The purpose of the study was to understand the unique conditions, challenges, and experiences of migrant teachers. By 2009, Shenzhen’s population had reached 8.9 million, including 6.5 million migrants (Shenzhen Statistics Bureau, 2010). One third of Zhuhai’s population is people without local hukou (户口-household registration). Given the growing migrant population in both cities and the challenges they face, data collected in this study offers a glimpse into the changes in education and the experience of migrant teachers under China’s market economy. (more…)

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In a previous photo essay, I talked a bit about the hidden (and not so hidden) curriculum of school courtyard pedagogy. Today, a different kind of pedagogy: the pedagogy of educational desire. Much is made of the high value placed on educational attainment in Chinese culture (see here for a somewhat deeper discussion). This photo essay introduces one form that the instilling of educational desire takes in Mainland China. (more…)

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Today I’m happy to present a guest post from my colleague Andrew Hodgkins. While this post is not specifically about Chinese education and society, it was part of the session in which I presented on the ethics of research in Mainland China. I hope you enjoy his contribution. If you don’t, I hope you’ll take it out on Andrew and not me!

Cheers,
Lorin

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I need to get something off my chest: Having recently completed my fieldwork, I was asked to present on research ethics – but quite honestly, I am at a loss for words as to what it means to be ethical. This admission is one of those “lessons learned from the field” – ethics (that little voice inside my head telling me what is right and what is wrong) is not easily articulated – this may relate to the fact that researchers are afraid of admitting that they are all to human and make mistakes. We also tend to be so focused on our narrow research areas that ethics is one of those add-ons associated with a myriad of questions required to be answered “properly” by various gate keeping mechanisms designed to provide higher educational institutions with some level of assurance that they have covered themselves legally before cutting  grad students loose into the “field.” As I reflect upon the experience

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