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An Empirical Study of Basic Education Grouping to Promote Equity in Urban and Rural Education --A Case Study of Northwest China

Xuan Yang


The rapid development of urbanisation in China has led to the inequitable and uneven development of education be-tween urban and rural areas. As the innovative model of basic education grouping continues to progress, the scope of its radiation has gradually extended from cities to the neighbouring villages and towns. Therefore, this study raises the question of whether the grouping of basic education could eff ectively promote equity in urban and rural education. The author clarifi es the concepts of educational equity and basic education grouping, and chooses the northwest region as the research site to carry out the empirical research. Through quantitative analysis of the questionnaires and interviews, this study draws relevant conclusions about the ad-vantages and shortcomings of basic education grouping. Finally, this study compares the practices of western education grouping,and tries to form the improvement path of basic education grouping in China.


Basic education grouping; Educational equity; Northwest China; Urban-rural education inequality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v6i21.6716