WRITER: KARYN CARNINE
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 23, 2000
UI hosts Korean science teachers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Science
Education Center was chosen to host 40 earth science and physics teachers
from the Korean Ministry of Education this fall.
The Korean teachers were in Iowa in August and September,
attending workshops, touring communities and working in schools.
The UI GeoScience, Archeology and Astronomy departments
held workshops for the earth science teachers to introduce the teaching and
curriculum changes proposed by a new program called Earth Comm, which is supported
by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The primary focus of the material
presented to the Korean physics teachers by the UI physics department was
the use of Action Physics, another NSF project that developed innovative teaching
techniques in the field.
Earth Comm and Action Physics are both sponsored by
the UI faculty of science education.
Following the workshops, the Korean teachers left
the UI campus and spent four days visiting various Iowa schools and communities
where they met with community leaders, attended athletic events and ecological
and historical sites, and also taught in schools. The Korean teachers also
traveled to Chicago for three days to visit research laboratories, museums