In June, the IU East Asian Studies Center organized a study tour of South Korea for 10 teacher-alumni of National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) programming. During the 15-day trip, teachers participated in a variety of hands-on learning experiences and visited historical and cultural sites meant to increase their understanding of Korea. Teachers also had the special opportunity to engage with Korean students, administrators, and fellow educators at five different schools: Yeomyung School, Dundae Elementary, the Korean High School of Cultural Heritage, the Samseong High School of Beauty Arts, and Sungkyunkwan University. An additional highlight was participation in the Understanding Korea workshop hosted by the Academy of Korean Studies, which provided educational resources and shared program information. As a final tour requirement, participants will produce an original learning plan on Korean history, society, and/or arts for implementation in their classrooms.
The tour was sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago and the Indiana University East Asian Studies Center.
For photos and participant reflections, click here.