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Korean Journal of General Education 2007;1(2):101-118.
Published online December 30, 2007.
Practical Implication of the Idea of Liberal Education
Jee-Hun Lee, Myung-Sin Lee
자유교육 이념의 실천적 의미
이지헌, 이명신
The purposes of this study is to interpret the idea of liberal education, to get proper senses of liberal education, and to indicate the ways we can achieve successful liberal education in concrete situations. The practical implications of this study could be summarized as follows. In order to realize a certain ideas of liberal education: ■ Instead of absolute and solid views of truth and knowledge we need to take provisional and soft nature of knowledge and truth into consideration. ■ “Pure” autonomy of university and undue influences of the forces of the society are no more acceptable as natural. ■ Campus culture as a part of students academic life is to be appreciated so that they develop useful competences, academic proficiencies, as well as positive attitudes towards social concerns. ■ Open-ended, dialogic, critical forms of rationality is to be restored and freed from the domination of instrumental rationality. ■ Teachers in higher education with research-oriented mind have to appreciate their academic, and professional duty to teach students well. ■ We need to understand the idea of academic freedom as containing students freedom and their responsibility to learn ■ We need to appreciate the importance of teaching-learning activities on campus and develop cooperative relationships between university teachers and students. ■ Students need to develop critical attitudes towards their own areas of studies, different perspectives of diverse academic areas and viewpoints of society in general. ■ Emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches in university curriculum and instruction can help students to develop as a whole person overcoming the limits of their own areas of studies. ■ It is necessary to select a proper one from many senses of liberal education according to the concrete circumstances of each university for the realization of the idea of higher education.


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