Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

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China's teachers have a long and complex history. Confucius, the intellectual architect of the traditional system of social relations, is also remembered as the country's preeminent teacher. With this tradition, China has long officially recognized the importance of teachers. Yet teaching in China has often been a less distinguished profession than its proponents would hope or claim. In modern China, national development goals hinge on education, and teachers and their training stand at the cent…

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Paine, Lynn, “Teachers”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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