Artists or Educators? : A Phenomenological Study on the Collective Identity of Future Arts & Culture Education Instructors (ACEIs)

예술가인가 교육가인가?: 문화예술교육사 국가자격증 취득희망자의 정체성에 관한 현상학적 연구

  • Kim, InSul (Korea Culture & Tourism Institute (KCTI)) ;
  • Park, ChilSoon (Department of Arts & Culture Education Service, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Cho, Hyojung (Museum Science & Heritage Management, Texas Tech University)
  • 김인설 (한국문화관광연구원 문화예술연구실) ;
  • 박칠순 (중앙대학교 문화예술교육원) ;
  • 조효정 (텍사스 텍 주립대학교 박물관학 & 문화유산경영학과)
  • Received : 2014.07.02
  • Accepted : 2014.08.28
  • Published : 2014.08.30


It has been two years since the national certificate of Arts & Culture Education Instructor(ACEI) was implemented the 2012 amendment to the Arts & Culture Education Act. Separate from the initial policy goals, students who attend the program to achieve ACEI certificate share various expectations, motivations and intents. The purpose of the research is to understand the collective identity of future ACEIs to evaluate the initial policy implementation during the period when the collective professional identity has not been fully formed yet. This research studies the data that were collected from 172 students who were attending one of the official ACEI institutes in Seoul area. As one of qualitative research methods, Questionnaire Method was employed to conduct this phenomenological study. James E Marcia's theory provides the theoretical framework for the data analysis of this study. The research results indicate that many students'identity status are between Identity Diffusion and Moratorium, which raises concerns for both arts and cultural fields as well as the policy success. Therefore, this research will relate these findings to the larger arts and culture infrastructure in order to better prepare them as arts and cultural professionals and also to stress the importance of the job market development and social environment that can accept them.