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Restructuring the concept of character education and policy in Korea

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Frame of Image ncept of character education and strategies to implement policies successfully. To do so, the paper examines historical contexts of character education and related policy, and previous concepts of character education. Then, the paper globally explores what key competencies are considered important in constructing the new concept of character education and suggesting applicable policy strategies. A new concept of character education is proposed, consisting of three dimensions and six elements; social awareness and interpersonal skills in the social dimension, self-awareness and selfmanagement for the emotional dimension, and core value awareness and responsible decision-making for the ethical dimension. Finally, policy implications for the newly-defined character education are suggested, including competence-based curriculum reform, improvement of the teacher training system, strong partnerships among schools, families, and communities, and modification of high school and college admission systems, as well as the hiring system. Keywords: character, character education, social and emotional skills, ethical competence, school violence
KEDI Journal of Educational Policy - ISSN 1739-4341ⓒ Korean Educational Development Institute 2013, Electronic version: http://eng.kedi.re.kr
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Sung-Hyun Cha
Introduction
Korean students are known worldwide for their intellectual excellence in international tests. The results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2009


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Title Restructuring the concept of character education and policy in Korea
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Material Type Article
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Cha, Sung-Hyun

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[Jincheon, South Korea] : Korean Educational Development Institutec

Date 2013
Journal Title; Vol./Issue KEDI Journal of Educational Policy:Special Issue
Pages 13
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Education
Holding Korean Educational Development Institutec
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Raising children with good character has been a major goal for public education for the past 60 years in Korea. Contrary to their excellence in academic achievement, Korean students are at risk in their character development, including social and emotional skills. The primary purpose of this paper is to suggest the new concept of character education and strategies to implement policies successfully. To do so, the paper examines historical contexts of character education and related policy, and previous concepts of character education. Then, the paper globally explores what key competencies are considered important in constructing the new concept of character education and suggesting applicable policy strategies. A new concept of character education is proposed, consisting of three dimensions and six elements; social awareness and interpersonal skills in the social dimension, self-awareness and self management for the emotional dimension, and core value awareness and responsible decision-making for the ethical dimension. (The rest omitted)