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Educational Training

Economics Education Programs for Teachers

To support economics education at schools, the EIEC operated five rounds of five-day (30-hour) training courses were held during winter (January) and summer (July ~ August) vacations, attended by 265 non-social studies teachers at elementary, middle and high schools. This training course was designated by the Sejong Office of Education and Center for In-service Teacher Education of Seoul National University as a job training program for economics study.
In 2015, the EIEC was assigned again by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance as a commissioned agency for the operation of ‘Economics Teachers Training Certification’ system, and therefore operated a training program targeting social studies teachers at middle and high schools nationwide that consists of two phases and six courses and runs 30 hours per course. An online training program for the 1st phase was completed by 435 teachers and the second phase currently attended by 196 teachers (as of February 2016). Two collective training programs for the first phase were held on ‘Interesting Microeconomy,’ attended by 110 teachers and ‘Easy Learning Macroeconomy’ by 109 teachers, while one collective training program for the second phase on ‘Real Teaching for Economics Study’ attended by 33 teachers. Last collective training program, ‘Completion of Economics Class,’ was completed by 21 teachers who became the second class of master teachers in this program.

Economy Class for the Youth

In order to help the youth better understand the basic principles of economy and grow up as responsible adults who can lead the future as an efficient economic agent, the EIEC has operated the program, Economy Class for the Youth, since 2008. Until 2011, the classroom format was put into operation as an economic academy targeting freshmen and sophomore high school students. Since 2012, the target was changed to students in middle school. In the summer of 2015, contents were revised to be based on PBL and pilot projects were tried during winter and summer vacations, attended by 190 students throughout five rounds of classes.

Economics Education for Central and Local Government Officials

As an effort to maximize government administrators’ understanding of current economic issues and to build up their economic mindset, the EIEC has held economic workshops for central and local government officials. In 2015, the EIEC added a new course on national policy targeting central government officials who were given comparatively less opportunity for education after the government complex relocation to Sejong City. The workshop was held in two rounds and attended by a total of 89 officials. It also provided assistance for legislature activities with 49 parliamentary aides by creating a venue for sharing and discussing on pending national issues.

Economics Classroom for Civil Society

The Economics Classroom for Civil Society was first launched in 2005 targeting non-governmental organizations (NGO), and a growing need for economics education caused several changes in targets and contents of education, eventually being grown into economics education not only for civic groups but also various social classes ranging from the general public to journalists. Starting in 2010, the EIEC has held three to four courses per year for the socially vulnerable class, which has been broadened continuously since then. In 2015, the advanced course of education classroom was held for teachers from local childcare centers in Gwangju and Namyangju (Gyeonggi province) while the basic course for visiting teachers at multicultural family support centers in Jungnang-gu, Mapo-gu, Gangbuk-gu and Dobong-gu in Seoul. Also, the EIEC operated a summer and winter vacation camp with the theme for studying economics targeting adolescents from local childcare centers.

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