Examining the role of ideological and political education on university students' civic perceptions and civic participation in Mainland China: Some hints from contemporary citizenship theory

Zhang, C. and Fagan, C. (2016) Examining the role of ideological and political education on university students' civic perceptions and civic participation in Mainland China: Some hints from contemporary citizenship theory. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 15(2), pp. 117-142. (doi:10.1177/2047173416681170)

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Abstract

A long existing compulsive curriculum of ideological and political education is employed by the Chinese government to promote citizenship education among Chinese university students. This article builds on the findings of a mixed-methods research that examined the role of ideological and political education on university students’ civic perceptions and civic participation. The results showed little evidence of this curriculum having a clear effect on students’ political participation such as voting, as well as their idealized broad civic participation, but did reveal relatively positive effects on students’ civic intention and civic expression. In addition, it also identified its significant role in organizing students towards attending party-related activities. It shows that ideological and political education is insufficient to achieve specified aims of citizenship education among Chinese university students. We then argue that it results from a mechanistic understanding of citizenship and participation in educational policies and structural barriers to young people’s formal participation. Hence, this article argues that the forms and contents of citizenship education in China need to be reconsidered beyond the limits of the current ideological and political education and that the analyses contributed to an argument for a broader approach to citizenship education to be developed and adopted.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fagan, Dr Catherine
Authors: Zhang, C., and Fagan, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Citizenship, Social and Economics Education
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:1478-8047
ISSN (Online):2047-1734
Published Online:01 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education 15(2):117-142
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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