The rise of Korean education from the ashes of the Korean War

Chong Jae Lee, Yong Kim, Soo yong Byun

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Over the past few decades, South Korea has made remarkable achievements in education despite many obstacles. Education, in turn, has played an important role in Korea's achieving both economic development and political democracy. This article examines how South Korea expanded access to education and improved its quality. The article also identifies several tasks Korean education faces in the context of the new challenges of globalization and social polarization, and some of the broader policy implications that the Korean model of educational development has beyond South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Education policy
  • Educational development
  • Educational expansion
  • Korean education
  • Quality of education


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