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The Organizational Cultures of the Special School for Students with Disabilities in South Korea

By: Songyi Han   Misuk Lee   Sohyun Yang   Kwangrim Lee  

The purpose of this study was to present directions for the development of special education by researching the characteristics of organizational cultures of special schools in South Korea. Integrated methodology combining quantitative and qualitative research methods was employed to carry out the research. The characteristics of organizational cultures in special schools were defined as follows: a tight life that's repeating itself day after day with disabled students, a double standard between solid lectures and prevention of safety accidents, difficulty with evaluation, a strong belief in the professionalism of each area of disability, symbiotic relationships with the assisting personnel to support the handicapped students, the double-sided tendency among the members of special schools, and the groupism-based sympathy in the organization of special schools. With that in consideration, future studies will have to systematically investigate the educational principles and cultural factors of educational activities according to the areas of disability in special schools, the principles and characteristics of the cultures according to the diverse types of schooling processes, the attributes and characteristics of the culture of the teaching profession according to the establishments of special schools, the characteristics of special school’s organizational culture followed by sharing diverse information online, and the comparative study of special school’s organizational cultures between different countries. Those research efforts will help to understand the organizational cultures in special schools.

Special School, Organizational Cultures
Organizational Cultures
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Songyi Han

Doctoral Student, Special Education, Kongju University




Misuk Lee

Professor, Kongju University




Sohyun Yang

Doctoral Student, University of Kansas, United States
United States



Kwangrim Lee

Doctoral Student, Kongju University