Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea - Hawaii Studies on Korea (Hardback)
  • Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea - Hawaii Studies on Korea (Hardback)
zoom

Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea - Hawaii Studies on Korea (Hardback)

(author)
£55.95
Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 30/09/2002
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In the half century after 1945, South Korea went from an impoverished, largely rural nation ruled by a succession of authoritarian regimes to a prosperous, democratic industrial society. No less impressive was the country's transformation from a nation where a majority of the population had no formal education to one with some of the world's highest rates of literacy, high school graduates, and university students. Drawing on their premodern and colonial heritages as well as American education concepts, South Koreans have been largely successful in creating a schooling system that is comprehensive, uniform in standard, and universal. The key to understanding this educational transformation is South Korean society's striking, nearly universal preoccupation with schooling - what Korean's themselves call their ""education fever."" This volume explains how Koreans' concern for achieving as much formal education as possible appeared immediately before 1945 and quickly embraced every sector of society. Through interviews with teachers, officials, parents, and students and an examination of a wide range of written materials in both Korean and English, Michael Seth explores the reasons for this social demand for education and how it has shaped nearly every aspect of South Korean society. He also looks at the many problems of the Korean educational system: the focus on entrance examinations, which has tended to reduce education to test preparation; the overheated competition to enter prestige schools; the enormous financial burden placed on families for costly private tutoring; the inflexibility created by an emphasis on uniformity of standards; and the misuse of education by successive governments for political purposes.

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN: 9780824825348
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm

You may also be interested in...

Mao: The Unknown Story
Added to basket
The Great Game
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Samurai
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Korean War
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Chickenhawk
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
China
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Last Mughal
Added to basket
A Short History of Byzantium
Added to basket
Dispatches
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Nemesis
Added to basket
£14.99   £11.99
Paperback
The Opium War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Company Commander
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Mongol Empire
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Return of a King
Added to basket
From the Ruins of Empire
Added to basket
A History of the Middle East
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.