Global citizenship education in South Korea: The role of NGOs in cultivating global citizens

Jae-Eun Noh

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Global citizenship education (GCE) has recently emerged as a prominent issue in South Korea, a
nation faced with an inflow of immigrants and international demands for GCE as emphasized, for example, in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This chapter examines existing literature in the field to explore how GCE has been understood and implemented in South Korea. Despite the increasing GCE imperative in South Korea, GCE has not been well integrated with the national curriculum. In addition, pedagogic strategy development has been limited. Building on studies which suggest inherent limitations of state-led GCE, this chapter explores the potential of NGOs as GCE
provider in the Korean context. On the basis of a review of Korean NGOs’ GCE programs, the chapter identifies a number of notable strengths compared to state-led GCE as well as some remaining issues for further development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education
EditorsAndrew Peterson, Garth Stahl, Hannah Hannah
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319678283
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-67827-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


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