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Overseas Korean Students’ Understanding of Tianjin, China: A Case Study of the Korean International School in Tianjin

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(1), pp.15-28
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.1.2
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : March 22, 2018
  • Accepted : April 13, 2018

Yang-Yi Chang 1

1대전법동중학교

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ABSTRACT

An overseas education for Korean children is becoming an important issue as the Korean population overseas increases with globalization. The Korean International School in Tianjin is an essential institution where Korean children can learn about local areas. This research investigated Korean students’ understanding of Tianjin. With the target audience as students in the 7th, 9th, and 11th grades, the methods of questionnaire and interview were used in this research. The research revealed four main results. First, the students had high images in humanities factors such as certain buildings and town-names. Second, the students in the lower grades showed high levels of cognition of the generally well-known places, whereas students in the higher grades had a stronger geographical sensitivity. Third, the students’ image maps showed that their regional understandings were conceived based on dots with locations and spots. Finally, the students’ daily life had been extremely limited in Korean towns, and this tendency was reflected in their image maps. These results support the students’ understanding of Tianjin and are useful for planning geography classes to teach the overseas Korean students about various knowledge of their local areas.

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