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November 24, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Emily Hannum


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Examinations and Educational Opportunity in China: Mobility and Bottlenecks for the Rural Poor

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

November 30, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

China’s educational examination systems can be viewed as a transparent basis for allocating opportunities for mobility and as a convenient tool for social intervention to ameliorate past social injustices. At the same time, these systems can serve as both a barrier to and source of mobility for certain vulnerable populations. This project, co-authored by Xuehui An, China Ministry of Education and Sebastian Cherng, University of Pennsylvania, offers an overview of the evolution of high school and college entrance examination systems in China, then focuses on how these systems shape opportunities for one vulnerable group of great contemporary policy interest in China: the rural poor. Using data from the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a project that that has been following a cohort of 2000 youth from 100 villages in one of China’s poorest provinces since the year 2000, they trace progress through upper secondary and tertiary education, with special attention to social selection in exam taking and outcomes, and to the role of examinations in shaping subsequent educational opportunities.

Emily Hannum is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on education, child and youth welfare, and social inequality, particularly in China. In China, she has conducted research on gender, ethnic, and geographic disparities in education and employment, changes in the impact of education on income and occupational attainment under market reforms, rural teachers and their links to student outcomes, and children's and adolescents' welfare under market reforms. Recent publications include "Beyond Cost: Rural Perspectives on Barriers to Education" (with Jennifer Adams, in Creating Wealth and Poverty in China, edited by Deborah Davis and Wang Feng, 2008, Stanford University Press) and “Gender-Based Employment Differences in Urban China: Considering the Contributions of Marriage and Parenthood.” (with Yuping Zhang and Meiyan Wang, Social Forces, 2008). Professor Hannum co-directs the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a collaborative, longitudinal study of children's welfare in rural northwest China, and she is a co-editor of the series Research in Sociology of Education and the journal Comparative Education Review.

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