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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The Effectiveness of a Program to Train North Korean Teachers to Adjust to South Korean Society: Policy Implications for Supporting North Korean Escapees

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2015, v.55 no.4, pp.56-84
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2015.55.4.56


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Abstract

This paper examined the effectiveness of a program to train North Korean teachers to adjust to South Korean society. It used a biographical approach and aimed to examine the characteristics of the adaptation of North Korean teachers who escaped from their country to South Korea. The training program endeavored to assist their adaptation by perpetuating their specialized professional work experience from North Korea. Interviews with 28 North Korean teachers were analyzed, and the effects on and experiences of the participants in the adaptation program of the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) involving the North Korean Teachers Academy were presented thematically. In line with major points that arose during the interviews, recommendations were made about policies to support North Korean teachers and the other North Korean escapees adapt effectively to their new society through training based on their past occupational experiences in North Korea.

keywords
Korean unification North Korea North Korean teacher North Korean escapees cultural adaptation adult education

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