Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Korean Confucianism's Mindful Learning Model of Moral Internalization as manifested in the Cheonghak-dong hermit community
by Yoo, Si Ha, Ph.D., Biola University, 2012, 189; 3547904
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand an unknown educational approach in Korean Confucianism's ethical education characterized as moral internalization, based on the study participants. A prevailed understanding of moral internalization of Confucianism is a strong imposed learning process, which is a well known Asian learning style, a cramming or oppressive learning. However, this study discovered that the ethical learning process of Confucian moral education is a combination of mindful learning and imposed learning. It can be found that the ethical learning process generates four types of ethics, aborted ethics, miscarried ethics, externalized ethics, and internalized ethics in the intercultural learning context.

From these findings emerging from the qualitative data, this study developed a grounded theory Korean Confucianism's Mindful Learning Model of Moral Internalization. The mindful learning process in the model makes this grounded theory different from other internalization theories like Vygotsky's cultural internalization theory. In addition, a combination of the two learning process, mindful learning and imposed learning makes this grounded theory significantly different from Langer's mindful learning concept that overlooks traditional imposed learning for educational processes. This grounded theory can contribute to a better understanding of traditional, ethical education in Korean Confucianism. And it will help those who engage in education in associations with ethical and intercultural matters to better understand the outcomes of the cultural learning process in intercultural context.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Starcher, Richard L.
Commitee: Hayward, Douglas, Yeh, Allen
School: Biola University
Department: Cook School of Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Pedagogy, Social studies education
Keywords: Cheonghak-dong ethical education, Grounded theory of Korean Confucianism, Intercultural learning, Korea, Mindful Learning Model of Moral Internalization, Outcomes of ethical learning process, Toegye's four-seven thesis
Publication Number: 3547904
ISBN: 9781267830333
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