A comparative study of educational research in China and the United States

Yong Zhao, Gaoming Zhang, Wenzhong (Eric) Yang, David Kirkland, Xue Han, Jianwei Zhang

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This article examines one major research journal from China and one from the United States. The study compares the two journals with regard to three questions: 1) Who is doing research published in the journals? 2) What are the major issues and concerns represented in the journals? 3) What research methodologies are favoured in the journals? The authors believe that understanding another country's educational research practices, through addressing these questions, can better enable domestic researchers, educators and policymakers to acknowledge the major educational concerns and issues that exist across countries. As boundaries between national borders continue to blur, this understanding can help educational researchers better interpret and present their findings with greater international relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Article features
  • China
  • Educational research
  • Research methodologies
  • Researchers
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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