Departmental Bulletin Paper A Comparative Analysis of the Teaching and Learning Processes of Undergraduate Students in Korea and Japan-Based on the Cases of Seoul National University and Hokkaido University

Heewon, Lee  ,  Atsushi, Miyamoto  ,  Jeung, Yun Choi

24pp.77 - 95 , 2017-03 , 北海道大学高等教育推進機構
The purpose of this study was to investigate the teaching and learning processes experienced by university students in Korea and Japan, and compare and analyze the higher education systems of the two countries. For this purpose, surveys were conducted in Seoul National University (SNU) and Hokkaido University (HU) based on questionnaires developed by the Korea Educational Development Institute and the Institutional Research Consortium of the universities, respectively. Approximately 800 students from each university participated. Each of the surveys contained questions in six categories known to affect academic achievement: the level of class participation, extracurricular activities, active learning, cooperative learning, interaction with professors and academic competencies. After the surveys were concluded, the common questions in the two surveys were identified and the results of these questions were compared and analyzed. We found that students from HU had relatively higher levels of interaction with the faculty members, collaborative learning experiences and study hours, but students in SNU scored relatively higher with regard to their attitude in class, and satisfaction with university support, and also had an overall higher score in terms of the average of the learning outcomes. The results of this study will contribute to the analysis of the status of studentsʼ learning processes in the universities in South Korea and Japan, and provide insights into areas that require improvement. They will also help develop concrete measures to improve the quality of higher education in both countries

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