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Global Institute for STS Education

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Global Institute for STS Education


Ewha Smsung Education Culture Building #605







Global Institute for Science, Technology and Society(STS) Education was established in September, 2009 as part of the World Class University(WCU) project financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea. The ultimate goal of the institute is to establish an education system for enhancing scientific literacy for Korean citizens and individuals throughout the world. In this era of emerging science, a stream of innovations is occurring across a variety of fields including medicine, biotechnology and engineering. However, along with these innovations come potential problems. They are not isolated, individual problems, but a serious threat to the entire world. One promising solution is the development of global citizens with a reasonable level of scientific literacy. To meet this goal, the institute seeks to promote education that will develop scientific literacy among citizens in Korea and individuals throughout the global. To this end, the institute has invited professor Joseph S. Krajcik from the University of Michigan, a preeminent figure in science education, to join in the following development efforts: curriculum materials for secondary school students, education programs for undergraduates and the general public; professional development for science teachers; and technology-enhanced learning environments.

The detailed objectives are as follows.

  1. 1. Redefine global scientific literacy required for citizens in the 21st century.
  2. 2. Create a Scientific Literacy Questionnaire(SLQ) to measure the level of scientific literacy.
  3. 3. Develop and implement coherent and consistent curriculum materials and education programs aimed at enhancing scientific literacy of secondary school students, undergraduates and the general public.
  4. 4. Develop pre-service teacher education and in-service teacher professional development to help teachers promote students scientific literacy.
  5. 5. Create technology-enhanced learning environments