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Adult Education
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In Chinese the term "adult education" (chengren jiaoyu) is still a rather new expression. While it was sporadically used in the early 1970s , its significance dates from the mid-1980s, especially the First National Working Conference on Adult Education in December 1986. Before this date, the terms "people's education" and "mass education" were normally used (tongsu jiaoyu, shehui jiaoyu, pingmin jiaoyu, or minzhong jiaoyu). However, the phenomena summarized under these different terms were very similar and can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th cen…

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Humberg, Carlo, “Adult Education”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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