Tak, S.Y., Kim, U., Moon, M.J. and Park, Y.S., Inha University, Korea, South
Past researches have examined the indigenous characteristics of achievement (Kim, Park, & Park, 1999; 2000). In addition, a research has been conducted about the failure experience and future achievement before the IMF Crisis (Park & Kim, 1999). Recently, Koreans' achievement research has been re-analyzed for the period after the IMF Crisis (Tak, Lee, Park, & Kim, 2001). The purpose of this study is to re-examine Korean's achievement consciousness by analyzing the Koreans' failure experience and future achievement after the IMF period. A total of 988 Korean students and adults were participated in this research (e.g., elementary students: N = 117, junior high students: N=188, senior high school students: N = 72, fathers: N = 236, mothers: N = 270). The results are consistent with previous researches. The most painful experience of failure is found to be academic failure due to lack of self-regulation. The most aspired future achievement is found to be future profession for students. For adults, happiness within the family is found to be the most aspiring future achievement. For social support, students indicated that their receive the most support from their parents, whereas, the adults indicated that they receive the most support from their spouses. Furthermore, both group indicated that self-regulation is the most important factor in achieving their future aspiration.