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강대중 교수 <(Mis-)appropriation of transformative learning theory in the Republic of Korea> 연구 소개

서울대학교 교육학과 강대중 교수의 <Lost in travel or a different conception? (Mis-)appropriation of transformative learning theory in the Republic of Korea> 연구를 소개합니다.

박사과정 조성민 선생과 함께 작업한 본 논문은 북미 중심의 서구 이론들이 한국사회에서도 적용할 수 있는 이론인지에 대한 의문을 제기하며, Jack Mezirow의 전환학습이론을 중심으로 살펴보고 있습니다. 연구의 영문초록은 다음과 같습니다.

Theoretical thought on adult and/or lifelong learning in the Republic of Korea has been largely indebted to Western theoretical frameworks in the past few decades. Academic journal articles and doctoral dissertations dealing with the topic of learning in adulthood flooded with Western, typically North American, theories and concepts. Is it indeed unproblematic to use Western frameworks in understanding domestic phenomena of learning in adulthood? To tackle this question, we looked into 15 academic journal articles in the Republic of Korea, which are explicitly taking Jack Mezirow’s transformative learning theory as a theoretical framework. We chose Mezirow’s theory because its undoubted status as a solid theory has recently faced serious challenge in Western scholarly communities. In the analysis of the chosen journal articles, we focus on how those articles used Mezirow’s theory in terms of its core elements. We concluded that Mezirow’s theory has been largely misappropriated. We used Edward Said’s concept of “traveling theory” to discuss possible reasons for this (mis-)appropriation. We suggested that sociocultural and historical influence should be taken into consideration in theory-use as well as theory-making.



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