Researching Trilingualism and Trilingual Education in China

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The introductory chapter gives the rationale and methodology of the chapters included in this volume. All chapters are research reports that emerged from a nationwide project on trilingualism and trilingual education in China. Traditionally, research in this area of study was conducted mostly in isolation in different minority regions or prefectures in the country. There was no known investigation done for gaining a comprehensive, comparable, and critical understanding of the contemporary situation of languages in use and language provision for indigenous minority groups. This chapter, firstly, provides the underpinning ideology and rationale for the nationwide project conducted through concerted efforts of research teams from key minority regions or prefectures and Guangdong Province which provides a particularly interesting case study. It then presents a detailed account of the design of the research, from the establishment of the nationwide network, the formulation of research questions, the methodology and methods used, the designing of research tools, to the organisation of the volume. The strategies used to deal with all these are clearly crucial from the point of view of comparability, validity and trustworthiness of research findings. Finally, the chapter lists the target audience of the volume, including policy makers, teachers and researchers in minority education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultilingual Education
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameMultilingual Education
ISSN (Print)2213-3208
ISSN (Electronic)2213-3216


  • Additive trilingualism
  • China’s ethnic minority groups
  • Empowerment
  • Ethno-linguistic vitality
  • Mixed methodology
  • Multiple case studies
  • Policy making
  • Sanyu Jiantong (mastery of three languages)
  • Sanyu Jiaoyu (trilingual education)
  • Target audience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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