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National policies on assuring teacher quality : The case in Korea

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Title National policies on assuring teacher quality
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The case in Korea

Material Type Proceeding
Author(English)

Kim,Hang-In

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[Hawaii],[U.S] : The Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium

Date 2012
Event

2012 Symposium

Pages 4
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Holding The Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium
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Abstract

Korea’s education system is based on the 6-3-3-4 ladder structure. Compulsory education at middle school level has been implemented in rural areas since 1985, extended at last to the entire country in 2002. Recently teacher education reform has been a hot issue in the Korean education. The Korean government has tried to change the teacher education policy to raise school teachers’ competence. Teaching profession in South Korea is a stable occupation with relatively abundant free time. Teacher as a job is favored by many young people and adolescents because all school teachers are supposed to retire at 62 years old. Major paths of teacher training are somewhat different for each type of teacher. Most of elementary school teachers are trained by 10 universities of education across the country. Secondary school teachers are trained through several divisions: colleges of education, department of education in comprehensive universities, teacher education courses in comprehensive universities, and graduate schools of education. Teachers are employed by regional authorities.