Development of social work education in china: Background, current status, and prospects

L. I. Yingsheng, Wen Jul Han, Chien Chung Huang

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China's social work education dates back to the 1920s, but the profession disappeared for 36 years after the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Not until the late 1980s was social work education in China revived. At the turn of the new century, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council supported the urgent need for social work professionals to solve serious social problems to build what the government called a harmonious society. Since then, China's social work education has gone through rapid development. We examine the characteristics of China's social work education development since the economic reform of 1978 and present the challenges, opportunities, and future prospects for the profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-653
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number4 SPL. ISS.
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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