Primary Physical Education in South Korea

Authored by: Okseon Lee

Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138682344
eBook ISBN: 9781315545257
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South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a state in East Asia and constitutes the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It has long been influenced by the Confucian culture which put strong emphasis on educational attainment as a pathway to a decent life. The structure of the educational system is based on 6-3-3-4, with six years of primary education (age 6 to 12) followed by three years of middle school (age 12 to 15), three years of high school (age 15 to 18), and four years of undergraduate education. The primary and middle school education (grades 1 to 9) are mandatory for all students.

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