ERIC Number: EJ919946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
The Role of Confucian Cultural Values and Politics in Planning Educational Programs for Adults in Korea
Ryu, Kiung; Cervero, Ronald M.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v61 n2 p139-160 May 2011
Program planning activities are not culturally neutral but are replete with various cultural values and affected by them. This qualitative study was conducted in Korea and examines how cultural values influence educational planning in Korea. Specifically, the study was to examine how Confucian cultural values play out in educational planning in terms of negotiating power and interests. In-depth interviews were held in a variety of settings with 13 program planners. There were two primary categories of findings: (a) planners' embedded Confucian values, such as group harmony, respect of hierarchy, propriety, face, bond of affection ("jeong"), and distinctive gender roles, were reflected in the everyday actions of planners and (b) these Confucian values, especially those of age, gender, and group harmony, influenced the exercise of power and negotiation of power and interests.
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Interests, Foreign Countries, Social Values, Program Development, Cultural Influences, Adult Education, Asian Culture, Power Structure, Sex Role, Age Differences, Group Dynamics, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Cultural Relevance, Social Influences, Empathy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea