June 11, 2018

Department of Educational Studies
Critical Dialogues Seminar Series

Lifelong Learning in South Korea

Seminar with Dr. Dae Joong Kang, Seoul National University
Monday, June 11th, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | PCOH 1306A

A light lunch will be offered 30 minutes prior to the seminar
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This seminar will be broadcast on the BlueJeans video conferencing service, anyone wishing to attend virtually can do so by emailing hongxia.shan@ubc.ca for instructions


Since South Korea adopted ‘lifelong learning society’ as its education reform slogan in 1995, lifelong education policy and practice have expanded rapidly in the country. Lifelong Education Act was enacted in 2000 and National Lifelong Education Promotion Plan has been implemented since 2002. New policies such as Lifelong Learning City, Academic Credit Bank System, lifelong learning centered university, to name a few, have been introduced. The government also established National Institute for Lifelong Education in 2008. Lifelong learning participation rate among adults aged 25-64 increased from 26.4% in 2008 to 35.8% in 2017. In this talk, Dr. Kang will talk about:
1. achievements of South Korean lifelong learning policy and practice,
2. problems and challenges it encounters to build a more equitable and inclusive society through lifelong education, and
3. how theory and research can contribute to policy and practice.

Dr. Dae Joong Kang is associate professor in the Department of Education at Seoul National University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2006 and was a policy advisor to the Minister of Education, South Korea (2006-2008). His research interests are lifelong learning theory building, lifelong learning policy, life history and qualitative research. He serves as an editor of Korean Journal of Lifelong Education.

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