This paper explores how cultural factors are reflected in or influence educational decisions and the academic lives of South Korean secondary school students. This paper also discusses what the government policy related to those educational activities is like and how it is related to culture. Based on interviews with Korean undergraduate students attending a large, well-regarded U.S. state university, this paper explores their personal stories of activities, interests, values, and feelings during the years leading up to their college choice decision. The findings reveal that "education fever" weighs heavily on their college choice decisions and educational behaviors and how culture is embedded in each educational decisions and why culture needs to be considered for policy initiatives to change educational practices. This paper will help to understand why reforms made at the top levels of education organizations often fail to produce changes in educational behavior.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||KEDI Journal of Educational Policy|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2008|
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