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Title: Examining influences on teaching and learning in South Korean classrooms
Author: Cho, Jeemin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5349 3312
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2014
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This study investigates national primary schools in South Korea, specifically, focusing on identifying and describing the characteristics of the micro pedagogical content of the classroom, and various socio-cultural and historical influences on classroom pedagogy. A mixed method exploratory approach was used. Eight focus group interviews were conducted with teachers and students to explore the field. Using a grounded theory methodology, the analysed results were then used to inform the quantitative survey design. As a result, 294 teacher questionnaires and 302 student questionnaire were collected from nine schools in Seoul. To check for consistency from earlier data collections, eight lesson observations and follow-up interviews from four schools were conducted. In addition, documentation and photographs were collected as supplementary materials. This study has illustrated the effects of the past on the present. Specifically, demonstrated that the learning environment at the micro classroom level was informed by the historical and socio-cultural influences of the community and beyond. Especially post-war reconstruction, Confucianism, chemyeon and the structure of the honorific language have been shown to be informative and predictive of student and teacher behaviour.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB1501 Primary Education