Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Multicultural Family Children’s Language Program Development

By Tae-yeon Kim. Soon-Hyung Yi (ed.)

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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This paper deals with the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration in language program development for children of multicultural families. Their development and adaptation has become an important topic in Korea with increased interracial marriages. Researchers discovered that these children’s difficulties are derived not only from language deficiencies but from lack of cultural understanding. A working group of experts from various fields including child development and family studies, Korean language education, early childhood education and music composition were formed in order to help children of multicultural families. We developed an integrated language learning program, Seoul National University Language Program for Multicultural Families (SNU-LPMF). The results of this study are as follows: (1) The children who participated in the SNU-LPMF scored higher in their language ability than those who did not participate in the program. (2) The teachers who participated in the field application highly praised the effectiveness of the program as the children showed higher level of interest and attention. (3) The researchers who participated in the development process reported that the interdisciplinary collaboration provided them with new insights for their research fields. This study indicates that a well-structured interdisciplinary collaboration brings improvement in research performance and academic maturity in participating researchers.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Children of Multicultural Families, Integrated Language Learning Program

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: Ap (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 414.032KB)).

Dr. Tae-yeon Kim

Lecturer, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Prof. Soon-Hyung Yi

Professor, Department of Child Development and Family Studies,, College of Human Ecology, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea