This paper analyzes the socially constructing process of “avoidance of S&T” throughout 2002 in Korea, and argues that the Korean S&T community is not homogeneous and consists of many subgroups with different interest. The discourse of "avoidance of S&T" was begun with the first notice of the rapid decrease in applications of Korean SAT for S&T majors in the middle of 2001. The decrease was interpreted as a warning sign of the avoidance of S&T among teenagers and developed into the avalanche of discussions on the causes of such rapid decrease around the end of the year.

Through 2002, the “avoidance of S&T” was developed into a general policy agenda covering most of problems in S&T, not a teenagers' issue any more. Many scientists and engineers claimed that their own difficulties and problems be the main causes of it. In the name of measures to overcome the avoidance, they requested the government to solve their problems and to accept their demands. With the analysis of those claims, we can understand how a policy agenda is shaped and what the Korean S&T community is like.

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Social construction of “avoidance of s&t” and the Korean scientific community

Eun Kyoung Lee   CHONBUK National University, Korea

This paper analyzes the socially constructing process of “avoidance of S&T” throughout 2002 in Korea, and argues that the Korean S&T community is not homogeneous and consists of many subgroups with different interest. The discourse of "avoidance of S&T" was begun with the first notice of the rapid decrease in applications of Korean SAT for S&T majors in the middle of 2001. The decrease was interpreted as a warning sign of the avoidance of S&T among teenagers and developed into the avalanche of discussions on the causes of such rapid decrease around the end of the year.

Through 2002, the “avoidance of S&T” was developed into a general policy agenda covering most of problems in S&T, not a teenagers' issue any more. Many scientists and engineers claimed that their own difficulties and problems be the main causes of it. In the name of measures to overcome the avoidance, they requested the government to solve their problems and to accept their demands. With the analysis of those claims, we can understand how a policy agenda is shaped and what the Korean S&T community is like.

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