Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: Demystifying Stereotypes

Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: Demystifying Stereotypes

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/05/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238
1825 SW Broadway --Portland

PSU Korea Quarterly Program presents

“Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: Demystifying Stereotypes”

A public presentation by visiting professor,
Dr. Hyunjoon Park,
Korea Foundation Associate and Professor of Sociology and Education
University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
6:00 pm
Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238
1825 SW Broadway, Portland

Synopsis:
Based on the major findings of his book, Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: Demystifying Stereotypes, in this talk Dr. Park challenges some misconceptions on Japanese and Korean education including the stereotyped criticisms that the highly standardized curriculum in the two countries makes outstanding students mediocre; that Japanese and Korean students lack creativity and independent thinking at the expense of high test scores; Japanese and Korean students’ high test scores are not the result of effective public schooling but their participation in private supplementary education. Dr. Park presents some empirical evidence disproving these stereotypes, and discusses ‘real’ strengths and weaknesses of Japanese and Korean education.

About the speaker:
Hyunjoon Park is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. is interested in educational stratification and family in cross-national comparative perspective, focusing on East Asia, particularly South Korea and Japan. He has investigated how school and family effects on children’s education are contingent upon institutional arrangements of educational systems, public policy, and demographic changes. Dr. Park has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. He recently published a single authored book, Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: De-mystifying Stereotypes (Routledge 2013), and an edited volume (with Kyung-keun Kim), Korean Education in Changing Economic and Demographic Contexts (Springer 2014).

Please visit http://www.pdx.edu/asian-studies/events/re-evaluating-education-japan-and-korea-demystifying-stereotypes?delta=0 for more information about the event.

For more info:
PSU Institute for Asian Studies
[email protected]
503-725-8576

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