- プール学院大学研究紀要 (ISSN:13426028)
- vol.51, pp.189-202, 2011-12
At present, there are approximately 200 schools for foreign nationals in Japan. Among them, Chosen gakko, Korean schools, have a history of sixty years. In order to better understand Korean schools, it is necessary to research the culture of suchschools, the daily lives of teachers, students, parents, and their perceptions of themselves without paying too much heed to the political discourse. Through interviews of parents whose children attend Korean schools, this study examines why the parents chose to send their children toKorean schools as well as their level of satisfaction toward school. In conclusion, the reasons for their school choice varied depending on their own experience. For those who themselves attended Korean schools, it was a "natural" choice to send their children to the same type of school, just like most Japanese send their children to Japanese schools. On the other hand, those Koreans who attended Japanese schools themselves felt it took a longer time to establish their own identity by attending a Japanese school, thus chose Korean schools for their children. For both types of parents, the main reason for choosing Korean schools is to provide a safeenvironment where children have to struggle less with identity conflicts. The study also found a high level of satisfaction among the parents toward Korean schools.