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Social capital and educational achievement in the Republic of Korea

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  • Social capital and educational achievement in the Republic of Korea
  • An, Sera
  • University of Pretoria


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Title Social capital and educational achievement in the Republic of Korea
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An, Sera

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[Pretoria, South Africa]:University of Pretoria

Date 2014-04
Pages 289
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Social Development < Others
Holding University of Pretoria

Abstract

The current global environment is vibrant, volatile and highly competitive. Many developing societies and emerging economies are seeking to establish ways in which they can gain advantages at the international level but also lay the basis for strong societies with exemplary economic, social and moral foundations. Towards this end, these countries are investing energies in building a skilled citizenry and socially mobile, achievement-driven, populations. One such society is the rapidly changing Republic of Korea. One of the catalysts for change in Korea has been argued to be education. Educational access has been linked to changes in economic status and to potentially the undermining of inequality and flattening of class hierarchies. Some authors argue that Korea has been gripped by an ‘education fever’ and others argue that persisting educational inequalities reflect differences largely in terms of social capital – rather than economic capital. (The rest omitted)