From water to tears: extra-curricular activities and the search for substance in China’s universities

@article{Sum2018FromWT,
  title={From water to tears: extra-curricular activities and the search for substance in China’s universities},
  author={Chun-Yi Sum},
  journal={Children's Geographies},
  year={2018},
  volume={16},
  pages={15 - 26}
}
  • Chun-Yi Sum
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Children's Geographies
ABSTRACT Why do university students participate in extra-curricular activities in China? What do they seek in a meaningful education? This paper explains the rising interest in extra-curricular activities by looking into students’ frustration about classroom-bounded education in China’s universities. A transforming socio-economic landscape and increasing imagination about global modernity have inspired new neoliberal demands for practical knowledge and personal meaning. And yet, China’s… Expand
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The role of social interactions in the perceived benefits of students, who have participated in an ECA in a developing country, and whether students perceive that these interactions positively impact academic training, professional development, and adjustment to the university context, psychological well-being, and development of community involvement attitudes are analyzed. Expand

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