The Community Science Class in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk area was inaugurated in October, 2004, by the Association of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Women in Science and Engineering, with the support of the Korea Science Foundation. At present, it is conducting 19 dong(subdistrict) level classes in Daegu City, 2 classes in Gyeongbuk Province, and 6 orphanage classes, A class accommodates 10-25 children, from the third to the sixth grade. Classes are held once a week at dong offices, and once a month at orphanages; well qualified instructors teach math, physics, chemistry, and biology. It also conducts four special programs a year--such as environmental exploration, visit to science museum, and participation in science festivals in town. A class is run by a team of three instructors including a head instructor. They regularly meet for discussion and participate in at least four workshops a year to review the contents of their teaching materials. and different programs were run in each term. In 2005, the average rate of class attendance was above 90%, and the rate of students' satisfaction was also high. The increase in parents' interest resulted in the inauguration of the "Science Mom" program. Overall, our program contributed to the diffusion of science. But we have yet to solve these problems: the standardization of teaching material, a better linkage with science teaching in elementary schools, increase in time of student participation, and measures to ensure instructors status.

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Diffusion of science through community science class in daegu and gyeongbuk in korea

Sung-Hee Cho   Catholic University of Daegu

Won-Jung Lee   Kyungpook National University

Youngsun Choi   The Association of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Women in Science and Engineering, Korea

The Community Science Class in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk area was inaugurated in October, 2004, by the Association of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Women in Science and Engineering, with the support of the Korea Science Foundation. At present, it is conducting 19 dong(subdistrict) level classes in Daegu City, 2 classes in Gyeongbuk Province, and 6 orphanage classes, A class accommodates 10-25 children, from the third to the sixth grade. Classes are held once a week at dong offices, and once a month at orphanages; well qualified instructors teach math, physics, chemistry, and biology. It also conducts four special programs a year--such as environmental exploration, visit to science museum, and participation in science festivals in town. A class is run by a team of three instructors including a head instructor. They regularly meet for discussion and participate in at least four workshops a year to review the contents of their teaching materials. and different programs were run in each term. In 2005, the average rate of class attendance was above 90%, and the rate of students' satisfaction was also high. The increase in parents' interest resulted in the inauguration of the "Science Mom" program. Overall, our program contributed to the diffusion of science. But we have yet to solve these problems: the standardization of teaching material, a better linkage with science teaching in elementary schools, increase in time of student participation, and measures to ensure instructors status.

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