Multicultural education through multicultural literature in Korean primary schools

Kyung Mi Shin, Seongdok Kim, Moosung Lee

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This chapter explores the need for multicultural literature-based multicultural education in a South Korean context. The chapter begins by delineating recent demographic shifts in South Korea and how multicultural education has become one of the most important educational issues facing South Korea's education system. Following this, the chapter introduces the concept of multicultural literature and its potential contribution to multicultural education through three metaphors: windows, mirrors, and vehicles. It goes on to provide a snapshot of current multicultural education practices and systems in South Korea. In particular, it is argued that there remains a lack of discussion about the use of multicultural literature. The chapter concludes with a discussion of several important prerequisites for successful implementation of multicultural literature-based multicultural education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Multicultural Education Research in Asia Pacific
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351179942
ISBN (Print)9781138831247
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Yun-Kyung Cha, Seung-Hwan Ham, and Moosung Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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