Pedagogy and human dignity - the special rank teacher in China since 1978

Po Yuk Ko, Bob Adamson

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Teachers in China are regarded as vulnerable to sociopolitical changes. This paper, however, focuses on the resilience and innovativeness of state-selected expert teachers - the recipients of the Special Rank Teacher (SRT) award. This award was the product of a transitional period in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, and was an act of rehabilitation for the teaching profession. Using a biographical approach, this paper analyses how the intentions of the award were reflected in the choice of recipients. It contributes to a deeper understanding of teachers in China and the notion of teaching excellence that the state-recognised teachers exemplify.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-389
Number of pages19
JournalHistory of Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese teacher
  • Master teacher
  • Political change
  • Teacher biography
  • Teaching excellence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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