Pedagogies of Teacher Selection: A South Korean Case

International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies (Part A)

ISBN: 978-1-78441-136-7

ISSN: 1479-3687

Publication date: 1 December 2014

Abstract

With growing emphasis being placed on the selection of highly qualified teachers, it is inevitable that policies and practices of teacher selection will become more methodical. This chapter explores systematic practices of selecting preservice teachers by examining local/national policies related to teacher selection in South Korea. The first part of this chapter explains why a conceptual understanding is essential to understanding the Korean educational context. Included is a short explanation of various approaches to improve teacher selection processes and procedures. The work is based on the assumption that effective teachers can be chosen by implementing an effective teacher selection system. The second part outlines the current process of teacher selection in South Korea, along with the issues and challenges surrounding practices related to teacher selection. In South Korea, teaching is still considered a highly desirable profession compared to other countries, as well as to other occupations in South Korea. Hence, a huge number of teacher candidates and preservice teachers must pass through many steps before becoming certified as teachers. They also must take national and district tests. The teacher selection system in South Korea is highly centralized and more complicated than most other countries. In this chapter, the teacher selection system in South Korea is critically analyzed in an effort to identify strengths and weaknesses in national policy and practices related to teacher selection. The final part of the chapter discusses implications based on the analysis of the teacher selection system in South Korea.

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You, J. (2014), "Pedagogies of Teacher Selection: A South Korean Case", International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies (Part A) (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 15-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-368720140000022003

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