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Oct. 2, 2006

Workshop Demonstrated 'Learning With Understanding' For Korean Educators

A program dedicated to studying local approaches to teaching science recently brought 41 elementary, secondary and higher education teachers from Korea to the University of Iowa and Iowa City.

The Korean Teachers Workshop, arranged by KEDI, the Korean education agency that determines the curriculum for 16 school districts, ran Sept. 17-29.

Robert Yager, professor emeritus of science education in the University of Iowa College of Education, said the program was designed to "teach science and mathematics in ways that focus on real learning with understanding, instead of learning dependent on repeating what lecturers say or what is learned in laboratories where cook-book directions are provided and no real experimentation occurs."

Yager added, "We hope to learn from the Korean teachers and to establish some on going dialogue and collaboration."

The group got a close-up view of projects in UI College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and also traveled to Aurora, Ill., where they spent a day at the Illinois Science and Mathematics Academy. The academy serves gifted students across the state of Illinois.

The elementary teachers spent three days each at Longfellow and Irving Weber elementary schools while the secondary instructors visited Northwest and Southeast junior high schools as well as Iowa City and West high schools for six days total.

At the end of last week, the group went to Des Moines to meet with school administrators, teachers and students from the area's downtown school and other academies designed to assist gifted students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Writer: Colin Burke.