Dr Minkang Kim

BSc(SNU), MA(SNU), PhD(SNU)
Senior Lecturer in Human Development

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6627
Fax +61 2 9351 6627

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Biographical details

Dr. Minkang Kim’s main teaching and research focus is the application of Dynamic Systems Theory (DST) to the study of human development and learning. She has a particular interest in the non-linearity of human development and how, in an increasingly global world, social, emotional and moral development are occurring in inter-cultural contexts. Within the Faculty, she is coordinator of the Human Development units for undergraduate and post-graduate courses, which introduce students to DST as a powerful meta-theory for understanding the complexities of human development, from early childhood to adulthood. She views human development as a life science and integrates neurobiological, psychological and educational sciences in her teaching and research.

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Developmental psychology

Keywords: dynamic systems theory, social development, moral development, cultural diversity, neurobiology of development, brain development

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Emotional availability and attachment in early childhood: Building foundations for learning. MPhil Wendy (sae Me) LEE
The relationship between student's ethical beliefs and decision making in a business environment MPhil Edgardo MARTINEZ
Dynamic Development of Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency Measures in ESL Academic Writing (Associate supervisor) PhD Rosmawati ROSMAWATI

Current projects

  • The role of emotion in moral learning and moral action: Bridging emotion theory and neurobiology (January 2012 - )
  • Emergence of national and cultural prejudice in young children (June, 2012 -)

Associations

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Scholarship awarded by The Association for Moral Education & Journal of Moral Education Trust

International links

Korea South

(A/Prof. Jiyoung Choi, Hannam University) Developing a model for assessing and cultivating ethical sensitivity in beginning teachers: A mutual dialogue between Korea and Australia (September 2014-August 2015) funded by National Research Foundation of Korea (27,000,000 KRW)

Selected grants

2013

  • The Neural Correlates of Learning and Emotional Rationality; Kim M; Seoul National University/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2013). A dynamic systems approach to moral and spiritual development. In James Arthur, Terence Lovat (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values, (pp. 182-193). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Journals

  • Kim, M., Chang, H. (2014). An investigation of Korean children's prejudicial attitudes toward a national tragedy in Japan. Journal of Moral Education, 43(3), 282-301. [More Information]
  • Kim, M. (2014). Book review: Handbook of Moral Motivation: Theories, Models, Applications. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(1). [More Information]
  • Kim, M. (2013). Cultivating Teachers' Morality and the Pedagogy of Emotional Rationality. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1), 12-26.
  • Townsend, G., Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Dynamic Systems (Complexity) theory as a new conceptual model for researching PBL in dental education. European Journal of Dental Education, 16(1), 43-51. [More Information]
  • Ji, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2010). Impacts of Problem-Based Professionalism Course in Dental Education. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 22(4), 275-281. [More Information]
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2010). The Dynamics of Emergent Self-Organisation: Reconceptualising Child Development in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4), 79-98.
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2009). Towards a dynamic systems approach to moral development and moral education: a response to the JME Special Issue, September 2008. Journal of Moral Education, 38(3), 283-298. [More Information]
  • Kim, M. (2008). Development of Moral Reasoning in Korea: A Thirteen-Year Comparison. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(1), 281-299.
  • Moon, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2008). Justifications and patterns of everyday lies by Korean people. The Korean Journal of the Human Development, 15(3), 191-205.
  • Kim, M. (2008). The Relationship between Moral Judgment and Teacher Role Concept for Preservice Teachers. Journal of Yeolin Education, 16(1), 57-75.
  • Kim, M. (2008). Validity of Alternative Moral Reasoning Indexes in Korean Defining Issue Test (DIT). Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(4), 783-800.
  • Kim, M. (2007). A Study on the Development of Professionalism of Dental Students based on Moral Psychology. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 21, 69-88.
  • Kim, M., Kang, J. (2007). Comparison of Career Choice Motivation and Moral Reasoning Ability between Students in Baccalaureate and Graduate-entry Programs. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 19(2), 91-99.
  • Kim, M., Lee, J. (2007). Variables Predicting Students' First Semester Achievement in a Graduate-Entry Dental School in Korea. Journal of Dental Education, 71(4), 550-556.
  • Kim, M., Han, S. (2005). Perceived Stressors among Dental Students: a Scale Development. Korean Journal of Medical Education.

Conferences

  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Rethinking moral development: Dynamic Systems Theory and the soft-assembly of moral behaviour. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS) 2012 - Rethinking Cognitive Development.
  • Kim, M. (2012). Universality and Cultural Diversity in Professional Ethical Development: From Kohlberg to Dynamic Systems Theory. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Kim, M. (2011). Reframing the Pedagogy of Moral Education: A Dynamic Systems Approach. Cultivating Morality: International Conference on Moral Education. International Conference on Moral Education: Cultivating Morality: Human Beings, Nature and the World, Nanjing, China.
  • Kim, M. (2010). Teaching moral philosophy in schools: Dynamic systems theory, teacher education & the issue of universality versus cultural diversity. 40th Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc /PESA 2010 : Philosophy and Schools, Western Australia: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc.
  • Kim, M. (2010). Universality and Cultural Diversity in Moral Development: From the perspective of the Dynamic Systems Approach. Moral Education in Asia's Globalising Societies: Concepts and Practices. The Fifth Conference of the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education, Not published: Not Published.
  • Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2009). The dynamics of emergent self-organisation: Reconceptualising the notion of child development within teacher education. 38th Annual Conference of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA 2009): Dialogue and Difference. Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.
  • Kim, M. (2008). The notion of moral person: Changes of definition and the role of educators. 34th Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education. Faith, democracy and values: the challenge of moral formation in families, schools and societies.
  • Moon, Y., Kim, M., Won, H., Lee, J. (2007). Standardization of the Korean Version of DIT. The 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education 2007 - Civic Education, Moral Education, and Democracy in a Global Society.

2014

  • Kim, M., Chang, H. (2014). An investigation of Korean children's prejudicial attitudes toward a national tragedy in Japan. Journal of Moral Education, 43(3), 282-301. [More Information]
  • Kim, M. (2014). Book review: Handbook of Moral Motivation: Theories, Models, Applications. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(1). [More Information]

2013

  • Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2013). A dynamic systems approach to moral and spiritual development. In James Arthur, Terence Lovat (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values, (pp. 182-193). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Kim, M. (2013). Cultivating Teachers' Morality and the Pedagogy of Emotional Rationality. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1), 12-26.

2012

  • Townsend, G., Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Dynamic Systems (Complexity) theory as a new conceptual model for researching PBL in dental education. European Journal of Dental Education, 16(1), 43-51. [More Information]
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2012). Rethinking moral development: Dynamic Systems Theory and the soft-assembly of moral behaviour. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS) 2012 - Rethinking Cognitive Development.
  • Kim, M. (2012). Universality and Cultural Diversity in Professional Ethical Development: From Kohlberg to Dynamic Systems Theory. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2011

  • Kim, M. (2011). Reframing the Pedagogy of Moral Education: A Dynamic Systems Approach. Cultivating Morality: International Conference on Moral Education. International Conference on Moral Education: Cultivating Morality: Human Beings, Nature and the World, Nanjing, China.

2010

  • Ji, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2010). Impacts of Problem-Based Professionalism Course in Dental Education. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 22(4), 275-281. [More Information]
  • Kim, M. (2010). Teaching moral philosophy in schools: Dynamic systems theory, teacher education & the issue of universality versus cultural diversity. 40th Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc /PESA 2010 : Philosophy and Schools, Western Australia: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc.
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2010). The Dynamics of Emergent Self-Organisation: Reconceptualising Child Development in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4), 79-98.
  • Kim, M. (2010). Universality and Cultural Diversity in Moral Development: From the perspective of the Dynamic Systems Approach. Moral Education in Asia's Globalising Societies: Concepts and Practices. The Fifth Conference of the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education, Not published: Not Published.

2009

  • Sankey, D., Kim, M. (2009). The dynamics of emergent self-organisation: Reconceptualising the notion of child development within teacher education. 38th Annual Conference of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA 2009): Dialogue and Difference. Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2009). Towards a dynamic systems approach to moral development and moral education: a response to the JME Special Issue, September 2008. Journal of Moral Education, 38(3), 283-298. [More Information]

2008

  • Kim, M. (2008). Development of Moral Reasoning in Korea: A Thirteen-Year Comparison. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(1), 281-299.
  • Moon, Y., Kim, M., Lee, J. (2008). Justifications and patterns of everyday lies by Korean people. The Korean Journal of the Human Development, 15(3), 191-205.
  • Kim, M. (2008). The notion of moral person: Changes of definition and the role of educators. 34th Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education. Faith, democracy and values: the challenge of moral formation in families, schools and societies.
  • Kim, M. (2008). The Relationship between Moral Judgment and Teacher Role Concept for Preservice Teachers. Journal of Yeolin Education, 16(1), 57-75.
  • Kim, M. (2008). Validity of Alternative Moral Reasoning Indexes in Korean Defining Issue Test (DIT). Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 22(4), 783-800.

2007

  • Kim, M. (2007). A Study on the Development of Professionalism of Dental Students based on Moral Psychology. Korean Journal of Educational Psychology, 21, 69-88.
  • Kim, M., Kang, J. (2007). Comparison of Career Choice Motivation and Moral Reasoning Ability between Students in Baccalaureate and Graduate-entry Programs. Korean Journal of Medical Education, 19(2), 91-99.
  • Moon, Y., Kim, M., Won, H., Lee, J. (2007). Standardization of the Korean Version of DIT. The 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education 2007 - Civic Education, Moral Education, and Democracy in a Global Society.
  • Kim, M., Lee, J. (2007). Variables Predicting Students' First Semester Achievement in a Graduate-Entry Dental School in Korea. Journal of Dental Education, 71(4), 550-556.

2005

  • Kim, M., Han, S. (2005). Perceived Stressors among Dental Students: a Scale Development. Korean Journal of Medical Education.

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