An Introduction of Korean Elementary Science Textbook Development Model 'FLOW' and the Feathers of the Textbook

  • Yang, Il-Ho (Korea National University of Education) ;
  • Chae, Dong-Hyun (Jeonju National University of Education) ;
  • Lim, Sung-Man (Korea National University of Education) ;
  • Kwon, Suk-Won (Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science) ;
  • Kim, Eun-Ae (Korea National University of Education) ;
  • Lim, Jae-Keun (Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity)
  • Received : 2012.02.15
  • Accepted : 2012.03.28
  • Published : 2012.06.30


This study introduces the development of elementary science textbooks in Korea. In Korea there has been eight revisions to the National curriculum and the development of nine textbooks. The State of Korea has organized textbook development teams, but this time the State chose the development team through public contest. Researchers suggested the 'FLOW' development model based upon results of studies in creative education and developed the new science textbooks. The 'FLOW' model includes four stages, aimed towards capturing students' interest in science (Fun Science), engaging students in various scientific inquiries and experiences (Lab. Experience), organizing their own knowledge of science (Organizing Knowledge), and to encourage students to become little scientists (Willing to be a Scientist). The textbook is a research-developmental textbook that utilizes various literature and exploration-strategic textbooks. The textbook's basis is formed upon scientists' experiences that assist in the realization of 'inquiry' that is emphasized within the science field.


science textbook;textbook development;FLOW model;National curriculum;scientific inquiry


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