Support for STEAM Education Research Councils
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC) will recruit teachers’ research councils for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education in order to introduce STEAM education in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Teachers’ research councils are comprised of STEAM subject teachers, and are organized and operated in order to develop curriculums and teaching materials pursuant to the STEAM education initiative. Upon being selected by the government, a council will receive 5 million won of funding for developing various programs related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics education for 9 months.
MEST and KOFAC will identify and distribute good STEAM education contents to help classroom teachers understand STEAM education, and going further, will develop creative teaching methods and programs that are suitable to classroom environment. In particular, the plan to support teachers’ research activities is expected to boost teachers’ expertise by providing groundwork for teachers to develop and systemize education contents for themselves.
The government plans to hold the annual science fair at the end of the year where teachers will share the outcome of the teachers’ research councils for STEAM education. The developed STEAM programs will be distributed during the 2012 teacher training.