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Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2011

Ronnie Vernooy
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Li Xiaoyun
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Xu Xiuli
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Lu Min
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Qi Gubo
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
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Summary

March 19, 2006: Sunday morning in Ma Shan county, Guangxi province. The students are preparing for their feedback presentation to the local research team and the farmers. We are having a very good field visit! Our Guangxi team represents a different kind of ‘family’ and has had different kinds of experiences as compared to last year; but just as joyful and interesting.

On Friday morning we received one of the most extraordinary welcomes we ever received from farmers, with singing and so much joy… Students refrained from starting interviews with farmers right away, but instead joined the singing. The local performance group prepared a special song – an ode to the researchers, who come to the village to work together with the farmers instead of lecturing to them.

The students also learned how to use threshing sticks… to make music together! Extraordinary! This was followed by lunch, followed by the first interviews, in two smaller groups. At the end of the afternoon, the local performance group danced, sang and presented a theatre play (they sang the special song again). It was wonderful.

This fragment of an e-mail message provides a glimpse of the experience documented in this book. Sent to a colleague at the other end of China, accompanying another group of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students visiting a rural community in the northern province of Ningxia, it illustrates the spirit of the educational innovation process highlighted in the following pages.

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Learning from the Field
Innovating China's Higher Education System
, pp. xv - xvii
Publisher: Foundation Books
Print publication year: 2008

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  • Preface
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  • Book: Learning from the Field
  • Online publication: 26 October 2011
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9788175968707.002
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  • Preface
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  • Book: Learning from the Field
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9788175968707.002
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  • Preface
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  • Book: Learning from the Field
  • Online publication: 26 October 2011
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9788175968707.002
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