This study suggested specific and definite results regarding the effects of cultural education as unfolded through folk tales. To date, there have been many discussions regarding the goals and plans of folk tale-based cultural education. Compared to studies on cultural education with accumulated folk tales, however, it is difficult to find a study on its specific educational effects. In other words, there hasn’t been any qualitative study on the effects of cultural education.
To test educational effects, this study attempted to derive specific and actual results as much as possible, using the outcome called ‘learners writing’. First, cultural keywords were presented to international students for the 1st writing. Then, cultural education was given through folk tales, and 2nd writing (i.e., cultural writing) was conducted. After that, the effects of cultural education through folk tales were confirmed by comparing the 1st writing to cultural writing. According to cultural writing on ‘family culture’ through the folk tale ‘the Heavenly Fairy and the Woodcutter’, three cultural education effects were confirmed as follows: First, a broad understanding of modernity and traditional culture was found. The folk tale was helpful for international students, who are more familiar with modern culture only, to have a better understanding of traditional culture, especially value oriented culture. Second, an understanding of Korean culture from a multicultural education standpoint was confirmed. In fact, this cultural education process allowed students to have an open view of diverse cultures, not just providing simple information. Lastly, narration-based cultural education was found. A cultural education that criticizes one-way communication was provided. According to the analysis of the effects of cultural education provided through folk tales, the potential and value of cultural education that folk tales can provide were confirmed. (Konkuk University)