Science Project, Kim-Jang: Building Relationship with Korean Tradition and the Nature

Mee-Ryoung Shon (Morehead State University, USA), Sun Ok Jeon (Hallym College, Chuncheon City, South Korea) and Karen O. Hammons (Morehead State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 326
EISBN13: 9781466617261|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0068-3.ch011
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Korean society has shifted from agriculture to industry in the past 40 years. This rapid change in the economy has affected the life style of Koreans. The majority of children living in Korean industrialized cities have limited access to the outdoor activity in natural settings, which negatively impacts the physical, emotional, and social development of Korean children. Scholars in childhood education identify significant changes in housing, foods and eating habits, and family structure, which dilute Korean culture and traditions and hinder the healthy development of children. Teachers in South Korea today design learning environments and implement instructional lesson plans to combat the effects of urbanization, industrialization, and globalization. One of the notable lesson units is Kim-jang, integral to the Korean culture, which engages children, families and the community in activities through gardening and a variety of other activities. The Kim-jang unit is designed to accommodate intrinsic learning modalities of young children for hands-on, active learning experiences; to integrate standards-based content areas to strengthen skills and build knowledge; to deepen interpersonal and intrapersonal insight; and to, first and foremost, enhance traditional cultural values and practices as they are lost through rapid industrialization.
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