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A STUDY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICIES IN THE KOREAN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

YOUNG IL CHO, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This study was concerned with examining the process of decision making for educational policies at the central governmental level in Korea through an application of Sharkansky's systems model.^ The objectives of this study were (1) to apply systems analysis using Sharkansky's systems model in the examination of the input-throughput-output process of decision making for educational policies; and (2) to identify problems and limitations in the decision-making process for educational policies in the Korean central government. To accomplish the objectives, the descriptive method using documentary analysis was used as the research technique.^ The sources of data included Korean government publications; Korean Education Law and bylaws; decrees on education by the President of Korea; doctoral dissertations; current books on decision making for educational policies; research reports; articles in current professional journals relating to systems concepts; reports of UNESCO; and Korean educational research institutes.^ To identify major forces involved in the decision-making process for educational policies in Korea, and to examine the interaction of these forces in the national educational system, Sharkansky's systems model was applied. According to his model, important features of a decision making process are considered as part of an input-throughput-output process. Through an application of his systems model, the major forces affecting educational decisions in Korea were divided into two broad categories: societal inputs and governmental throughputs.^ The examination of the educational decision-making process in Korea through an application of systems analysis revealed that there are many facts hindering rational decision making by the decision makers. Those factors are largely due to limited public participation in the decision-making process, limited professional advice, and insufficient compromises among decision makers and interest groups.^ The study concluded that the Korean educational system, if it is to meet the changes occurring in its society, must be more open to change in the future. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

YOUNG IL CHO, "A STUDY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICIES IN THE KOREAN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT" (January 1, 1982). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Paper AAI8228146.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI8228146

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