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ERIC Number: EJ1146890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Schooling, Learning Disposition, and Life Course Transitions: A Life History Study on Korean Elite Adult Learners
Choi, Seonjoo
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v67 n3 p167-185 Aug 2017
This article analyzes the crystallized learning disposition formed in secondary schools and its persistent influence on the transition between educational sectors and the workplace. Using interview data from eight adults who graduated from a prestigious university in Korea, this study reveals that "exam-inclined self-direction," a manner of "self-direction without self," is strongly associated with types of knowledge and the method of constructing the self under extreme ranking competition. Exam-inclined self-direction, firmly ingrained in the students, has momentum beyond secondary schools, in which it was cultivated, and has constrained some of their life choices. This article problematizes some ideas of self-direction and discusses exam-inclined self-direction as socially and institutionally conditioned, as well as the reason it has survived in the Korean social context. Finally, this article calls for the in-depth investigation of a new category of learner, "exam-friendly adult learners."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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