Secondary School Science Teachers' Perceptions of the Educational Programs Offered by Science Museums

  • Chang, Hyun-Sook (Bangwon Middle School) ;
  • Lee, Hyun-Ju (Ewha Womans University)
  • Published : 2007.11.30

Abstract

This study examines secondary school science teachers' use of science museums in their teaching and their perception/evaluation/utilization of the educational programs in Korean science museums. We found that teachers do not use science museums in close connection with their formal education; therefore, the students' experiences usually are minimal or are personal experiences. The main reason for this infrequent use of science museums is not because of their insignificant educational effects, but because of the lack of external and administrative support systems. Science teachers want the museums to have structured/organized programs such as science camps or experiments and a lending program which would provide experimental equipment and exhibits relevant to the school science curriculum. 90% of teachers who answered the survey wanted to participate in developing and managing the educational programs of science museums. The educational programs would be used more effectively in relation to formal science learning if the science teachers, who are science education professionals, participated in managing and planning the educational programs of science museums.

Keywords

science museum;museum field trip;museum programs;science teacher

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