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An Analysis of the Downward Extension of National Education in the Republic of China Author: Lin Tsao-feng(Department of Education, National Taiwan Normal University)


Equal education opportunity is greatly concerned in most of the countries due to the impact of democratic thought. To provide free and universal public educa-tion for longer period for her people becomes a common objective to achieve in every country. This issue recently also receives much attention in the R.O.C. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the background and the directions of extending national education downwards in the R.O.C.
The contents of this study are structured as follows. The first section analyzes the necessity and the importance of extending national education downwards, based on its background and related factors as well as the arguments of equal education opportunity. The second section introduces and integrates the early childhood edu-cation developed in the world to find a common trend which helps to provide directions for improving and developing the early childhood education in our country. The third section reviews the present conditions of the early childhood education in the R.O.C. and then analyzes the potential problems and difficulties in extending national education downwards. According to the findings of this study, several sug-gestions are proposed in the final section for the improving and developing the ear-ly childhood education and directing the downward extension of national education in the R.O.C.

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