Does higher education foster critical and creative learners? An exploration of two universities in South Korea and the USA

Lee, H.-J., Lee, J., Makara, K. A. , Fishman, B. J. and Hong, Y.-I. (2015) Does higher education foster critical and creative learners? An exploration of two universities in South Korea and the USA. Higher Education Research and Development, 34(1), pp. 131-146. (doi:10.1080/07294360.2014.892477)

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Abstract

This paper describes two studies that explore students' beliefs about critical and creative learning at two universities, and considers the implications of those beliefs in comparison to the universities' stated education goals. One is a mixed method study of students at a top university in Korea, and the second is a comparative study between the Korean university and a United States (US) university. The first study found that both high-achievers and the general population at a top Korean university perceived their critical and creative abilities as lower than their receptive learning abilities, and that higher achievers were neither more critical nor creative than lower achievers. The second study finds that the Korean university students, compared to US students, were more likely to rate their receptive learning ability as higher than their critical and creative learning abilities. Comparisons across year of higher education (HE) suggest that Korean students' perceptions did not significantly change with respect to year in school, while US students' perceptions of critical learning abilities significantly increased across school years. Results are discussed with respect to the impact of culture, epistemological beliefs, and HE instruction on critical and creative learning.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Makara Fuller, Dr Kara
Authors: Lee, H.-J., Lee, J., Makara, K. A., Fishman, B. J., and Hong, Y.-I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:Higher Education Research and Development
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:0729-4360
ISSN (Online):1469-8366
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 HERDSA
First Published:First published in Higher Education Research and Development 34(1):131-146
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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