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ERIC Number: ED473029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Decentralization in Korea: Major Issues and Controversies.
Kim, Ee-gyeong
Korean educational decentralization has been a subject that has continually resurfaced whenever education reform is seriously discussed. Although previous regimes eagerly tackled the issue of educational decentralization in their information and implementation of education reform policies, there is little evidence to show that educational decentralization has been accomplished to a satisfactory extent in Korea. Educational decentralization is not confined to the realm of education in Korea, but is entangled with interests of local governing bodies in a complex way, and possible alternatives to the current practice touch on sensitive political issues. This paper gives a brief overview as to how educational decentralization evolved to the current situation. An analysis highlights external and domestic factors and demands unique to the Korean case. It points out that although the educational challenges faced by countries around the world are often similar in nature, largely due to the impact of globalization, each region's unique background and circumstances can lead to variations in the actual strategies used to tackle those issues. Any attempt to examine the factors and demands unique to Korea must consider the Korean context for educational decentralization. The paper concludes by examining current controversies, focusing on the most urgent problems related to educational decentralization in Korea. Includes two notes. Contains 13 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea