Zhao, Yong, Catching Up or Leading the Way. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2009.


Yong Zhao


Contrasts the current approaches to educational policy in China and the U.S.; notes that U. S. is trying to implement what China is trying to get rid of (rigid curriculum mandates, test-based accountability measures, and centralized and standardized control); recommends expansive definition of success along with personalized approaches and preparation for good citizenship; lays out extensive research results upon which critiques and recommendations are based.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Visions and Philosophies, Curriculum Proposals in Coherent Form, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Curriculum Aims and Objectives, Comparative Curriculum


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