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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 and schools.