‘New Engineering Education’ in China: A National Technological Imaginary of the Chinese Dream
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AbstractThis paper examines the ‘imaginations’ taking place in the New Engineering Education (NEE), the most recent reform of the engineering education sector in China, set against the bigger backdrop of the country’s national imaginary, the ‘Chinese Dream’. We analyse three important policy documents that constitute the blueprints of the NEE. Drawing on Charles Taylor’s (2004) concept of the ‘social imaginary’ and using critical discourse analysis as our methodology, we offer a close-up analysis of the discursive construction of the technological and national elements in the policy texts. Our study contributes to new developments in education policy in China by demonstrating how a rising power is revolutionising its engineering education as a resource coupled with the ideological ‘social (national) imagination’ of the Chinese Dream to improve its power and positioning in a competitive and globalised economy and to increase its geo-political power.
All Author(s) ListAaron Koh
Name of ConferenceThe 4th Annual Conference of Asia-Pacific Public Policy Network: Governance and Policy Innovation in an Era of Disruptive Technologies.
Start Date of Conference08/03/2019
End Date of Conference09/03/2019
Place of ConferenceHong Kong University Science of Technology
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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