ERIC Number: EJ1093460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Internationalisation without Cultural Diversity? Higher Education in Korea
Moon, Rennie J.
Comparative Education, v52 n1 p91-108 2016
This article examines why universities in Korea champion internationalisation and aggressively recruit foreign students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, yet resist ideas of valorising diversity. Through a qualitative analysis of university curricula at three major Korean universities, ethnographic interviews with 50 foreign students and focus groups interviews with 30 Korean students, I find that despite recent internationalisation efforts, notions of ethnic nationalism remain firmly entrenched at the level of university curricula and also at the level of micro-level interactions between foreign and domestic students. I explain this as an instance of Korea's continued attempts to selectively adopt elements of globalisation for national interests, a familiar paradigm in Korea's historical legacy of social change. Such an instrumentalist approach to the internationalisation of higher education in Korea also confirms global cultural theory, especially the kinds of disjunctures that might result among various types of global flows. Thus I seek to contribute to a growing literature on diversity in higher education in Asia as well as to educational debates on global/local processes and mechanisms of cultural change.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Global Approach, Foreign Students, Qualitative Research, Curriculum Evaluation, College Curriculum, Ethnography, Focus Groups, College Students, Language Attitudes, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Diversity, Student Attitudes, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Practices, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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