Collective or Individual? --- The Different in Early Childhood Education Between China and the US

Kui Zhuo, Xiaobing Li, Department of History &Geography, 100 North University Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma, 73034

This article takes the curriculum setting, educational philosophy, and implementation effects of Chinese and American public schools as the main research objectives, and compares the data collected from two countries, then presents the hugeness difference of early childhood education on the actual situation, for instance, is the purpose of education to cultivate collective and uniform group members or to retain individuality and personality? Through research about the education systems in China and the US, especially in public schools, we try to point out that the public education system in China has fallen behind the education systems in Western countries, such as the US, due to uniform and limitation educational concepts and system. This is reflected in the educational outcomes that its lack of creative talents in China, and this is a significant problem.  The government's manipulating of the education system is one of the main reasons for this difference.
The author believes that children represent the future, the period of early childhood education is significant and emergence phase, so early childhood education cannot be simply copied using old methods. In an education system lacking academic freedom, teaching, and learning are bound to be restricted. This article attempts to find a way out of such a predicament by drawing on advanced educational concepts and methods from the domain of early childhood education in the US.
Key Words   the different   educational concepts   beneficiary

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Kui Zhuo

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma

Type: Poster

Subject: Education

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4157