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Korean Journal of General Education 2009;3(2):101-121.
Published online December 30, 2009.
An analysis of adaptability for the self-designed concentration and independent study
Kyung-Koo Han, Mi-ran Chun, Jung-hwa Mah, Yoon-joo Shin
설계전공과 자율연구의 적용 가능성 탐색
한경구, 전미란, 마정화, 신윤주
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to apprehend the strength and weakness of self-designed concentration and independent study and to explore the issues at discussion and adaptability for the universities in Korea by examining the examples of those self-designed concentration and independent study currently being held in some of prominent universities in the United States of America. For this purpose, this article is drawn up by two ways: reading with critical eyes and analyzing the invited speakers speeches and papers for ‘the International Symposium for Active Learning and Independent Study’ and also examining the interviews with the people in charge for those kinds of majors or concentrations and the people in the admission offices of so-called Little Ivy Universities by visit. Self-designed concentration and Independent major are the necessary phases of the development for the better university education by strengthening the liberal arts and broadening the choices and responsibilities of the students for their own majors. By this self-determination of the students for their studies and majors, not only the students get more autonomy and responsibility for their study but also the universities and the professors are able to understand students ‘current needs and get active stimuli for their research and study from the results and the process of students’ decisions. However, the help and advice from the advisor-professor and the administrative supports from the university institution are indispensible for the self-concentration study and independent major of the students. Only with the scrupulous support and careful advice, the students can get their own way to build their major successfully. The tripartite cooperation among the students, the professors, and the university itself will open the better phase for the university education and can be the necessary condition for the active learning with creative thinking and self-determination.
Key Words: self-designed concentration, independent study, universities
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