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An Ethnographic Study on Evening Class for the Disabled: Focused on Jilarabi Yahak

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2007, 8(4), pp.45-69
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

김용욱 1 Byung-Ha Kim 2

1삼계초등학교
2대구대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the present study is to describe the history of the Jilarabi Yahak for the disabled, to analyze the organization and operation of its curriculum and in what context the culture of students and teachers is formed and maintained, and to explain the educational and cultural meaning of an evening class for the disabled. Jilarabi Yahak which pursues the removal of all types of discrimination from the world, was founded in 2000, with the objective of providing the minimum educational opportunities to those alienated from the official education system. The school offers elementary, middle school and high school courses, and its classes are executed in the evening on three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students in Jilarabi Yahak cast off their long-accustomed passivity and form the culture of a studying community through conversation and communication, and as a result each of them has the valuable experience of 'humanization' as a person. Teachers in the school establish a culture based on a true spirit of service and sense of responsibility and learn while teaching as well as teach while learning through challenging and resolving the oppressive environment surrounding the disabled together with the students through continuous conversation with the students. The flexible curriculums and expanded opportunities for social participation, which are not available in official education, expect to awaken student' consciousness and motivate the disabled to participate in social movements for the disabled.

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