PISA, Korean Students’ World-class Achievements and Dark Side of Korean Schooling

  • Young Chun Kim
Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)


Korea is well known internationally for its excellence in education: the high academic achievements of its students, Korean parents’ enthusiasm for their children’s education, its teachers’ high levels of commitment, and so on. Of these, Korean students’ notable levels of academic achievement in international tests such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are often cited as evidence that Korea is a model of public schooling and teaching. Indeed, Koreans are proud of how these TIMMS and PISA scores have garnered foreign recognition for the quality of Korean schooling.


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  • Young Chun Kim
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  1. 1.Chinju National University of EducationJinju CityRepublic of Korea

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