"과학문화교육"

2014-02-28 (Vol 11, No 3)

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FEEBDACK: Exploring Science Culture at Gyeongju

Dear Prof. Kang, Prof. Kim, Prof. Pak, Prof. Cha and Prof. Im:

I would like to thank you for organizing such a successful conference at Daegu University. It was a very special opportunity for me and my husband to meet so many people who deeply care about educating teachers and improving science education in our respective countries. Korea always excels in international mathematics and science tests and I think I was able to see why. I was a little nervous about my talk, but the audience was so friendly, that it was a pleasure to present there.

As a teacher I like to provide specific feedback, so let me outline in a few sentences what I think were the most memorable and special parts of the conference (for me):

1) Meeting Prof. Pak and having an opportunity to spend a day with him. Prof. Pak뭩 passion for science education and his ability to see science in everyday life � especially in the amazing cultural treasures we visited in Gyeongju . The trip was organized perfectly so we could see a lot of things in a very short period of time. It was a unique opportunity for us. I am always inspired to see people who made such a profound difference for science education in their country. I was able to see how Prof. Pak mentors younger teachers and graduate students � this was a special lesson for me. It was also great to see that we do a lot of similar things � such as physics Olympics, science fairs, etc. Meeting Prof. Pak뭩 colleagues, visiting the Invention Science Centre, the Temples and the museum was certainly a special opportunity. The workshop organized by Prof. Pak was extremely helpful.

2) Excellent workshops, The Science in the Dark Room workshop was a highlight for me. Prof. Pak, Prof. Cha, Mr. Nate and their colleagues did an excellent job providing us with an opportunity to experience science activities for special students. Nate뭩 presentation was excellent as well.

3) Excellent plenaries, especially by Dr. Bryant. It was a great opportunity to see her in Korea and I am very happy you signed the memorandum of understanding between KASE and NARST.

4) Great talks by the participants with an opportunity to ask questions. I loved how you allocated time for questions � very well done! I loved to be able to listen to presenters from different countries.

5) I also appreciate how you supported your students in their talks. It is scary to give a talk in a foreign language and your students did very well � I could see they prepared well and put a lot of thought into it (I am sure their professors helped them a lot).

6) The banquet was special � I was very happy to see a woman to be elected the next KASE president. This is inspiring.

7) A very welcoming, positive and friendly environment everywhere we went. We felt as guests but at the same time we also felt at home. Thank you for that.

8) Lastly, you made sure all the technology, registration, etc. worked smoothly! It was great.


I hope you will be interested in becoming members of our Pacific Rim collaboration between Australia, Canada, China and Japan. We are hosting a conference at UBC this summer: http://stem2014.ubc.ca/ The 2016 conference will take place in Beijing Normal University, 2018 will take place in Australia. It would be great if our Korean colleagues were interested to get on board and maybe host the conference in 2020 or 2022. If you are interested, please let me know and I will connect you with our organizing team.


I am sure I omitted the names of some people who were on the conference organizing committee, would you be so kind to let them know how much we appreciated the conference. All the volunteers � students and faculty were essential in making this conference a success. It was an honour to be invited and I hope to see you in Vancouver this summer or in the future.


Sincerely, Marina (and Valery)



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