Korea Association of General Education

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The president's greeting

Greetings! Welcome to the world of liberal/general education.

The dissolution of boundaries between digital, physical, and biological spaces brought about by the development of 21st-century science and technology demands a redefinition of human nature, a restructuring of social systems, and a reconfiguration of the relationship between humans and nature. In the midst of this transitional era of civilization, together with the ‘university crisis,’ the ideal of liberal (arts) education put into practice within the framework of general education is urgently needed to be realized in order to provide individuals with lifelong learning abilities which are necessary to live as independent, free citizens with dignity.

However, the reality that liberal/general education academia is facing both inside and outside of universities is not so rosy as expected. Nonetheless, as St. Mother Teresa said, "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin,” the 11th Executive Committee of the KAGEDU (Korean Association of General Education) will do ‘what we can do today’ with hope for a brighter future.

First, the KAGEDU aims not only to upgrade The Korean Journal of General Education to a Scopus-level academic journal, but also to conduct a major and extensive overhaul of The Journal’s reference citation method based on the ‘APA Style.’

Secondly, the KAGEDU will closely link and operate its domestic and international academic activities in an organically and integrated manner with a focus on the same theme as much as possible. Those academic events include the Association’s international conferences and lectures as well as its annual Spring/Fall regular academic conferences and the KAGEDU LACs.

Thirdly, in order to strengthen and expand the foundation of academic competences in liberal/general education, the KAGEDU will provide maximum support not only for the publication of a series of liberal education books, but also for the provision of videos with Korean subtitles for its own key international academic activities as well as the Blue Waves Lectures of 2020-2022. In addition, the Association will actively promote academic exchanges with a variety of Korean academic societies of social sciences—especially political science, economics, sociology, and psychology—which have been relatively neglected so far in the academic fields of liberal/general education in Korea. It will also try to explore a possible positive relationship between liberal/general education and engineering and technology education.

Fourth, as part of the efforts to prepare for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the KAGEDU in 2026, the Association will establish a separate committee to begin collecting primary materials necessary for the publication of a book on the ‘20-year history of the KAGEDU.’

Based on these efforts, the KAGEDU will lead the development of liberal/general education in Korea, further strengthening its position as the country’s best academic forum as well as the ‘hub of liberal/general education in East Asia.’ Without your help, however, this would be an ‘unattainable dream.’ Therefore, the Association strongly urges all of its members to actively participate in its various academic events, submit high-quality research papers to The Journal, encourage fellow researchers and young scholars to join and participate in the Association, and pay the annual and the lifetime membership fees.

The 11th Executive Committee of the KAGEDU will work hard this year to promote the development of liberal/general education in Korea, based on the active participation of its over 2,000 members as well as on the strengthening of its traditional triangular cooperative relationship with the Korean Council for University General Education and the Korea National Institute for General Education. The members of the Executive Committee wish you all good luck and good health. Thank you.

January 2023.
Seok Min Hong,
11th President of the Korean Association of General Education

Introduction to the Society

The knowledge convergence society of the twenty-first century demands people of qualities such as creative problem-solving skills as global leaders, communication skills, character and qualification as global citizens. Hence, universities ought to put together fragmented knowledge in order to solve problems that consistently arise in life as well as the pursuit of academic research while cultivating intellectuals who possess a holistic and insightful perspective, meeting the needs of the times.

The Korean Association of General Education is a genuine educational, academic organization established on October 10, 2006 for the purpose of developing and disseminating general and basic education through the organization's contribution to realize research and its outcomes related to the field. General and basic education in universities aims to help individuals attain character as a mature human being and fulfill their abilities and responsibilities as global citizens, and to cultivate global leaders with creativity, discernment, leadership, and morality.

The Korean Association of General Education shares research results and proposes visions so that universities may fulfill their duties in general education. We attend to our members’ advice and proposals, and go the extra mile to provide solid basis for educators and researchers who are interested in general and basic education to actively take part in the association.

Members of the association are either engaged in general and basic university education or involved in the academic, educational field, and consists of researchers and faculty members of basic education institutions, undergraduate colleges, universities or colleges of general education, and organizations related to the field. The association's objective of establishment is being realized through the sharing of academic research, and as of May 2020, the number of members has reached an estimate of 1,500, including that of the institutional members.

The Korean Association of General Education has made effort in the following ways to realize its goal of communication and expertise. Advisory members have been employed to secure a future-oriented management of the association and for the communication between academic generations; the chief executives board has been strengthened in order to secure efficiency and professionalism in managing the association; and the independence of the editorial board and research ethics committee has been maintained.

Since the 2006 spring symposium, the association has hosted domestic (and international) symposiums twice every year as its major activity. First published in June 2007, the scholarly journal Koreanesearch on General Education was recognized of its originality and pioneering content in general education research, nominated for registration on the Korea Citation Index (KCI) in 2011, and officially registered on it in 2016.

The Korean Association of General Education places great importance on the realization of a talent fostering model rooted in communication and harmony, future-orientation, and internationalization. Hence, the association will constantly cooperate with the Council for General University Education, Korea National Institute for General Education, and other organizations related to the field, and spare no effort in sharing results based on research related to general and basic education.

Introduction of Executive

The 11th Executive Team of The Korean Association of General Education

President Hong, Seok Min (Yonsei University) ssmhong@yonsei.ac.kr
Department Name of Position Affiliation and Contact Details
Academic Affairs Vice President Cha, Bong Jun (Soongsil University) ssudcbj@ssu.ac.kr
Kim, Kyoung A (Sookmyung Women's University) kakim@sookmyung.ac.kr
Yi, Sang Wook (Hanyang University) dappled@hanyang.ac.kr
Kwon, Jun-Won (Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts) kwon1020@dima.ac.kr
Member Kim, Min-Su (Dong Seoul University) mskim@du.ac.kr
Kim, Wan Seop (Soongsil University) wskim92@ssu.ac.kr
Park, Kihong (Chungbuk National University) khpark@chungbuk.ac.kr
Park, Donha (Yonsei University) parkdh@yonsei.ac.kr
Jung, Wonsup (Kyungnam University ) wonsupj@kyungnam.ac.kr
Choi, Sung-Ho (Kyonggi University) finechoi@kyonggi.ac.kr
Choi, Hyun Cheol (Chung-Ang University) choihc71@cau.ac.kr
Han, Soo Young (Chung-Ang University) hangang331@cau.ac.kr
Hong, Sujin (Woosuk University) anne722@woosuk.ac.kr
Academic Promotion Vice President Yoon, Seungjoon (Dankook University) yoonsj@dankook.ac.kr
Yoon, Hae Gyung (Dong-Eui University) hgyoon@deu.ac.kr
Member Kim, Gi-Bong (Kyonggi University) nowtime21@kyonggi.ac.kr
Kim, Sung-Hee (Dong-Eui University ) sh.kim@deu.ac.kr
Kim, Yong Ha (Dong-Eui University) yonghablue@deu.ac.kr
Kim, Hye Young (Korea National Sport University ) hykim@knsu.ac.kr
Park, Cheolsung (Hanyang University) cheolsung@hanyang.ac.kr
Shin, Jong Ho (Ajou University ) jayshin@ajou.ac.kr
Cho, Hye Kyung (Daegu University) apriori30@daegu.ac.kr
Ji, Hyunbae (Dongguk University) jissam@hanmail.net
Choi, Yejung (Hoseo University) yjchoi@hoseo.edu
Hwang, Eunkyung (Ajou University ) seed25@ajou.ac.kr
International Cooperation Vice President Oh, Kyung-hee (Ajou University ) wansui@ajou.ac.kr
Kim, Kyounghee (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) khkim@hufs.ac.kr
Member Park, Hye Jeong (Yonsei University) heyjourneypark@gmail.com
Administrative Secretary Ryu, Jungsu (Yonsei University) r_jungsu@yonsei.ac.kr
General Affairs Director of General Affairs Kim, In Yung (Uiduk University) iykim@uu.ac.kr
Treasurer Kim, Sun Young (Kyungnam University) sunyoungkim0707@gmail.com
Secretary of General Affairs Ahn, Seong Hyeon (Uiduk University) shahn@uu.ac.kr
Secretary of Treasury Lee, Seungeun (Kyungnam University) kagedu@daum.net
Audit Jeong, In Mo (Pusan National University) jim@pusan.ac.kr
Song, Hasuk (Ajou University) hasong@ajou.ac.kr
Editorial Board Chairperson Choi, Seonkyung (The Catholic University of Korea) seonkyung@catholic.ac.kr
Vice Chairperson Lee, Jaeseong (Seoul Women's University) byeolga@swu.ac.kr
Yi, Jin-Nam (Kangwon National University) maximus@kangwon.ac.kr
Hong, Seongyoun (Ajou University ) hsy06@ajou.ac.kr
Member Kang, Namhee (Chung-Ang University) anitem@cau.ac.kr
Ko, Chul Ki (Yonsei University) kochulki@yonsei.ac.kr
Kim, Minjeong (Pohang University of Science and Technology ) kimj@postech.ac.kr
Kim, Sung Sook (Yonsei University) eurekamay@yonsei.ac.kr
Kim, Wan Seop (Soongsil University) wskim92@ssu.ac.kr
Park, Jun Woong (Chung-Ang University) ichdenke@gmail.com
Son, Min-Jung (Korea National University of Education) mjson@knue.ac.kr
Son, Seungnam (Sunchon National University ) snson@sunchon.ac.kr
Sohn, Eisung (Yonsei University) esohn@yonsei.ac.kr
Song, In Hwa (Hansei University) inpeace127@hansei.ac.kr
Shin, Young Hun (Hansung University) yhshin@hansung.ac.kr
Shim, Young-Sook (The Catholic University of Korea ) yshim@catholic.ac.kr
Ahn, Shin (Pai Chai University) shinahn@pcu.ac.kr
Ahn, Ji Youn (Ajou University) ahnjiyoun@ajou.ac.kr
Ahn, Hyeon Hyo (Daegu University) harryahn65@gmail.com
Ahn, Ho Young (Dongguk University (WISE)) gongahn@naver.com
Lee, Kyeonghi (Ewha Womans University) leekh@ewha.ac.kr
Lee, Yun Bin (Duksung Women's University) adsumn@naver.com
Lee, Eunbae (Kyung Hee University) eunbae.lee@gmail.com
Lee, Eunhwa (Silla University) iwillbe@silla.ac.kr
Cho, Eun Hee (Chosun University) ehcho@chosun.ac.kr
Jung, Byungkee (Yeungnam University) byungkee@ynu.ac.kr
Editorial Manager Park, Seohyun (The Catholic University of Korea ) pmspms35@naver.com
English Editorial Manager Calanchie, Brian (Pai Chai University ) bpcalanchie@gmail.com
Ethics Committee Chairperson Park, Sangmin (Kangnam University) ngonet@naver.com
Member Kwak, Eun Hee (Hannam University) earnhee@hanmail.net
Park, Sunyoung (Seoul Theological University ) moolsori34@hanmail.net
Seo, Subaek (Daegu Catholic University) sbseo93@cu.ac.kr
Rheey, Sanghun (Sogang University ) shrheey@naver.com
Bang, Dami (The Catholic University of Korea ) bangdami@catholic.ac.kr
Park, Hyun Hee (Seoul National University ) dagamo2@snu.ac.kr
Sohn, Yun-Rak (Dongguk University) classique@daum.net
Cho, Moonki (Hanyang University) poletopole@hanyang.ac.kr
Election Commission Chairperson Lim, Seon-ae (Daegu Catholic University) theresa108@cu.ac.kr
Commissioner Kim, Nammee (Hongik University) leedaul@hongik.ac.kr
Um, Sung Won (Cha University) edumail@hanmail.net
Publicity Committee Chairperson Lee, Hyo-Sook (Konkuk University) qhaso75@kku.ac.kr
Member Kim, Eunjeong (Kyungsung University ) kejjsj@ks.ac.kr
An, Jung Hee (Taegu Science University ) ajh7595@tsu.ac.kr
Lee, Pyeong Jeon (Seowon University ) pyeoung2@hanmail.net
Oh, Saenae (Keimyung University) snoh@kmu.ac.kr
Lim, Ji-Won (Woosong University) ji10321@naver.com
Park, Hyejin (Konkuk University) phj4858@kku.ac.kr
External Cooperation Executive Director Park, Sungmi (Dongseo University) psm1994@dongseo.ac.kr
Regional Director Seoul Gu, Jahwang (Sookmyung Women's University) pakua@sookmyung.ac.kr
Kim, Jiyoung (Sogang University ) jy9855@gmail.com
Bae, Sang Hoon (Sungkyunkwan University) sbae@skku.edu
Gyeonggi Lee, Jie Sung (Luther University) leejs@ltu.ac.kr
Lee, Jun-Tae (Kyung Hee University (Global Campus)) jtlee@khu.ac.kr
Cho, Kyoungduk (Pyeongtaek University) oldjacob@ptu.ac.kr
Chungcheong Shim, Hye Ryeong (Pai Chai University) shimhr@pcu.ac.kr
Lee, Byong Chan (Woosong University) lbcde@hanmail.net
Gangwon Kang Woo, Won Young (Catholic Kwandong University) kwwy@hanmail.net
Yi, Young-ae (Halla University) youngaeyi@halla.ac.kr
Honam Kim, Hyeonjeong (Sunchon National University ) hjkim@scnu.ac.kr
Park, Jiyoon (Woosuk University) expert@ewhain.net
Jeju Lee, Myung-gon (Jeju National University) boscolee@jejunu.ac.kr
Yeongnam Kim, Gyeom Seop (Gyeongsang National University) pobbykim71@gnu.ac.kr
Kim, Hye-Yoon (Changshin University) hykim@cs.ac.kr
Nho, Eunjoo (Kyungwoon University) nonolita@ikw.ac.kr