Re-evaluating Education in Japan and Korea

Re-evaluating Education in Japan and Korea

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International comparisons of student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading have consistently shown that Japanese and Korean students outperform their peers in other parts of world. Understandably, this has attracted many policymakers and researchers seeking to emulate this success, but it has also attracted strong criticism and a range of misconceptions of the Japanese and Korean education system. Directly challenging these misconceptions, which are prevalent in both academic and public discourses, this book seeks to provide a more nuanced view of the Japanese and Korean education systems. This includes the idea that the highly standardized means of education makes outstanding students mediocre; that the emphasis on memorization leads to a lack of creativity and independent thinking; that studentsa€™ successes are a result of private supplementary education; and that the Japanese and Korean education systems are homogenous to the point of being one single system. Using empirical data Hyunjoon Park re-evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the existing education systems in Japan and Korea and reveals whether the issues detailed above are real or unfounded and misinformed. Offering a balanced view of the evolving and complex nature of academic achievement among Japanese and Korean students, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Asian, international and comparative education, as well as those interested in Asian society more broadly.These out-of-school supplementary education activities are intended to help students master academic subjects on the school curricula, improve ... Shadow education activities take place in various forms (Kim and Lee 2010; Park, Byun, and Kim 2011). ... After 1a„4nishing the selfstudy sheets, students submit the sheets to the companies and then they receive comments and instructions for further ... A growing number of students log in to a website to take online tutoring ( Choe 2009).


Title:Re-evaluating Education in Japan and Korea
Author: Hyunjoon Park
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-07-18
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