S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Center for Educational Research (교육종합연구원) SNU Journal of Education Research (SJER) SNU Journal of Education Research vol.07 (1997)
Teacher Training and Development Policy in Korea
- Yun, Chung-il
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 교육종합연구원
- SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.7, pp. 1-16
- teacher training system ; teacher training policy reform ; the Presidential Commission on Education Reform
- The quality of education depends on the quality of teachers. Therefore the securing of qualified teachers is the most important factor in determining the success or failure of education. From a historical point
of view, however, the teacher training policy in Korea has only focused on quantitative aspects. In particular, the secondary school teacher training system has failed to attract a selected manpower to the
teaching profession. Since the middle of 1980's, every attempt has been made to enhance the quality of education. The Presidential Commission on Education
Reform announced education reform plans four times. Among them total 16 reform tasks are related to teacher training policy.
For the successful accomplishment of education reform, we should overcome the discontinuation of the education reform activities. We should not break with the existtng education reform activities by
establishing a new education reform organization whenever a new president appears. Also, the teachers, who are the main body of education reform, must participate actively in the reform movement. In order to motivate teachers to take part in the education reform, evaluation and accreditation system for teacher training institute should be introduced as soon as possible. The improvement of socioeconomic
status of teacher and the reduction of their burdens must be realized simultaneously in order for teachers to conduct their teaching
profession with pride. As a part of the effort for this, raising the main body of secondary teacher training to the graduate school level should also be considered.