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About KIKAN Education?

Through KIKAN education, students learn fundamental educational skills, such as "how to look, think, and learn", which are the basics for new knowledge acquisition and problem solving. Universities require students to pose their own questions and pursue truth via independent learning. In order for students to acquire such learning, they cannot stop at simply accumulating the important knowledge and skills that form the foundation of learning, but need to utilize knowledge already gained and compare it with experience to creatively and critically pose and examine the questions "Why?" and "Is there another possibility?" Students must make a mental habit of learning by "questioning" to reconsider an issue from a new perspective and continuously challenge people, objects and events of the world with an active intellectual curiosity. Doing so creates the foundation to proactively and independently persevere to seek new knowledge and possibility, without fear, in any issue or situation.

What is an Active Learner?

An active learner is someone who takes initiative based on a core of continued learning. Even when faced with an unexpected situation, an active learner goes beyond existing frameworks and ways of thinking to calmly and appropriately analyze a problem, making full use of a perspective of knowledge( employing micro and macro perspectives as needed) to quickly discover and solve issues with keen sensitivity and flexible insight. The critical mission of a university is to foster such active learners to progressively open the frontier of knowledge based on a solid academic system that uses free ideas for the issues society grapples with, to build up a wealth of creative and critical ideas that yield constructive solutions. Such nurturing requires that students avoid isolation in their area of specialty. The students should exchange diverse knowledge with people of different outlooks, ways of thinking and values to generate new knowledge in ideological dialogue that takes place in interactive learning with others and situations, in education that emphasizes the process of learning from missteps and failures. Students realize that a solution differs based on difference in perspective through such an educational experience, cultivating critical thinking to closely examine and compare their own and others' ideas to understand diverse viewpoints and acquire a desire to seek the truth.

Learner Growth Model Based on KIKAN Education
Learner Growth Model Based on KIKAN Education

Abilities and Senses by KIKAN Education

Portrait of Student Growth

Students learn the following through KIKAN education:

  1. 1) The nature of learning differs based on the method of framing and observing a problem.
  2. 2) What the correct answer is depends on perspective.
  3. 3) Where knowledge is exchanged, new knowledge and ideas are created in what is the "wellspring of creation."
  4. 4) Missteps and failures are the springboard for new knowledge and learning.
  5. 5) Knowledge and skills helpful to society come from juxtaposition of ideas that traverse the worlds of the academic search for truth and the real world full of contradiction.
  6. 6) A well-rounded education and deep specialization lead to a challenging spirit.

In a fast-changing global society, acquired knowledge and skills have a very short shelf life and quickly become useless. This is what happens to fragmented knowledge and skills that are limited to narrow perspectives and situations. To compensate for such uncertainty and avoid being affected by generational trends and near-sighted values, students need to acquire ways of thinking and learning methods for common perspectives of knowledge that lead to identification and solution of any known and unknown problem or situation. This is the reason that KIKAN education is the pivot for learning and education on which "thinking and learning methods" are acquired.

Spiral Model to Cultivate Strong Core Abilities
Spiral Model to Cultivate Strong Core Abilities