Educational reform and teacher resistance: A case from South Korea

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Many governments use educational reforms to bring out social changes, however, some teachers may see them irrelevant to their students or themselves. This paper explores teachers’ resistance against a pedagogic reform in South Korea. Ideas for the Teaching English in English reform were borrowed from ‘native-English-speaking countries’ and implemented without systematic localization, therefore, it was not surprising that teachers resisted it. Drawing on works by Michel Foucault and James Scott, the paper highlights the potential impact of subtle, low-profile resistance on the course of a reform. Thus, it contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of teachers’ resistance against educational reforms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017



Choi, T.-H. (2017, March). Educational reform and teacher resistance: A case from South Korea. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong Spring Annual Conference 2017 (CESHK 2017), The Education University of Hong Kong, China.