A Comparative Study of Moral Education Textbooks in Korea and Japan

Authors: 
Hyemin Han, Sora Kim, Changwoo Jeong, and Yutaka Kunii
Publication Year: 
2013
Publication date: 
October/2013

This study investigated the characteristics of morally educated persons or desirable human characteristics through comparing and analyzing moral exemplars, such as Lee Soonshin and Sakamoto Ryoma, presented in middle school moral education textbooks published in accordance with the currently used moral education curriculum in Korea and Japan. For the purpose, we implemented analytical criteria, such as sex, nationality, occupation, social class, time periods, relevant values and virtues, and then, conducted a comparative analysis of the two countries. The results showed some similarities and differences in the characteristics of morally educated persons associated with the types of moral exemplars.