- Economics Education Support for Free Semester System
In order to embed ‘Project-based Learning (PBL)’ principles into the free semester system scheduled to be executed in a full swing at middle schools in Korea, the EIEC conducted a pilot project for PBL-based economics education at two middle schools in Sejong-si. Two-hour class was offered for eight weeks to 98 students who chose ‘economy’ for their theme study. KDI research associates participated as their teacher and every class programs are based on PBL. In close collaboration with schools and Sejong Office of Education, including pre-examination of teaching contents and materials and team teaching, the EIEC managed the project class work in consistency with the goals of the free semester system and official middle school curricula. Participating students expressed great satisfaction at the end of the project, and the EIEC was awarded a commendation of excellence from the Ministry of Education.
- KDI Economic Education Monitoring Team
To identify accurate number of users of school economics education and to build up an information transfer system, the EIEC has operated ‘KDI Economic Education Monitoring Team’ since 2014, participated by 570 social studies teachers—212 in middle school and 358 in high school. Their activities cover field survey on school economics education, joint production and supervision of teaching materials, consultation on educational programs, pre-review of theses submitted to the Thesis Competition for Future Korea, and so on.
- Authorization of Economics Textbook
The KDI has taken on the role of economics textbook authority since 2012 which was transferred from the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) in order to upgrade the profession and credibility of authorization. A total of four publishers applied for high school economics textbook in 2013, and all of them passed the authorization council’s procedure consisting of basic screening, main screening, revision and recommendation for re-revision and complementation. Tasks in 2013 were mostly about screening and authorization. The EIEC expanded its role towards relevant studies and published ‘Study on the Authorization of High School Economics Textbook’ and ‘Study on the Authorization of High School Economics Textbook: Research Study for the Assessment of the Chapter for Finance’ in 2014 and ‘Exploring Where to Head for Economics Textbook Authorization Procedure in the Era of Converged, Hybrid Curricula’ in 2015.
- Thesis Competition for Future Korea
In order to widen the window of communication with the youth population who will lead future generations and to explore creative policy ideas of college students regarding the future development direction and strategy of the Korean economy and society, and to reflect them into policy establishment, the EIEC held the Thesis Competition for Future Korea, in collaboration with the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. The competition in 2015 was divided into two sections: ‘Policy Paper’ for graduate and undergraduate students and ‘Essay’ for high school students. A total of 104 theses were submitted to the 2014 competition, and after four rounds of strict screening, 20 theses were awarded prizes, including 1 grand prize, 1 best prize, 3 for excellence and 5 for participation in the respective high school and undergraduate categories.