AbstractFueled by high economic growth, the 1980s represented a time of betterment of life for many South Koreans. More and more people began enjoying ampler opportunities to learn whatever they wanted, showing a growing interest in subject matters such as fine arts and history. The Ministry of Education contributed to encouraging people to learn more outside the school system by helping introduce a new act pertaining to lifelong education. This paper discusses processes of development of South Korea's lifelong education policy in the 1980s as well as its major characteristics. After giving an overview of the Lifelong Education Act of 1982, it describes subject matters in which adult learners had a keen interest, analyzing a prevailing learning trend back then. It also illustrates two distinctive aspects, which are popularization of lifelong learning and diversification in individual learning styles, and finds a close connection between economic growth and people's learning activities.
TypeDepartmental Bulletin Paper
生涯学習・社会教育学研究. 32号, 2007.12, pp. 1-10