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A Unique Type of Student Mobility: Exploring the Dynamics of Cross-border Ethnic Education Along China−Myanmar Border
International Journal of Elementary Education
Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 60-70
Received: Aug. 24, 2020; Accepted: Sep. 14, 2020; Published: Sep. 21, 2020
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Xue Zhang, Faculty of Education, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China
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In the context of globalization and internationalization, more and more students have the opportunities to study abroad which has aroused extensive research on the subject of student mobility. By constructing a typology of student mobility, this article sets out to broaden the analytic framework before focusing on a particular phenomenon of student mobility, namely cross-border intra-ethnic student mobility along the borderline in southwest China. Following a review of the historical progression of cross-border ethnic student mobility, the article reveals that the prevailing theory of student mobility has a limited utility when applied to cross-border ethnic student mobility, which is unique in many respects, especially due to the historically strong ethnic ties which laid the foundation for this specific type of student mobility. Using a mixed quantitative and qualitative analysis, a comparison of four different cross-border ethnic schools further illustrates the heterogeneity within cross-border ethnic education. Geographic conditions and resource constraints are the main factors influencing the functional boundaries of ethnic foundations, which further imply various solutions concerning the sustainability and evolving pathways of cross-border ethnic education. Finally, after discussing the limitations of the current research, some suggestions for future research directions are provided, highlighting the need for more reflection and investigation from multilevel perspectives.
China-Myanmar Border, Cross-border Ethnic Education, Heterogeneity, Student Mobility, Typology
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Xue Zhang, A Unique Type of Student Mobility: Exploring the Dynamics of Cross-border Ethnic Education Along China−Myanmar Border, International Journal of Elementary Education. Vol. 9, No. 3, 2020, pp. 60-70. doi: 10.11648/j.ijeedu.20200903.12
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