Education Journal

The 'Window Effects' on Education and Development in South China

1994.第21卷第2期及第22卷第1期(Vol. 21 No. 2 & Vol. 22 No. 1).pp. 111–121


The ‘Window Effects’ on Education and Development in South China


Wing-On LEE & G. A. POSTIGLIONE(李榮安、白杰瑞)


Since the adoption of the open policy, China has been trying to identify places which can serve as windows on the world. This is particularly manifested in China's designation of selected coastal cities as window cities, and the establishment of Special Economic Zones. The purpose of opening up these areas is not only economic but mainfold, one of which is to show the flexibility of Chinese policies, and to use these areas as a base for absorbing Western technologies and methods of policy making. As education is identified as one of the development strategies in China, how such is related to educational development in the window regions is worth studying. Focusing on the idea of 'window effects', this paper studies related concepts such as 'open policy' and 'the primary stage of socialism'. It also examines the relationship between educational development and the window effects, using Guangzhou and Shenzhen as case study.