AKS’s Division of the Understanding Korea Project in the Center for International Affairs hosted the “2019 Academy of Korean Studies & People’s Education Press Textbook Seminar” on Tuesday, September 9, 2019, at AKS.
AKS and People’s Education Press (PEP) have held joint textbook seminars since 2003 to discuss curriculum and education, issues in textbooks, and trends in research in both countries. The seminar alternates locations between Korea and China. This year’s topic was “Textbooks and Ecological Civilization Education,” and the participants examined the way ecology is taught in Korea and China.
The keynote speech, “The Vision and Tasks of the Ecozoic Period,” was given by Kum-sil Kang, executive director of People for Earth. Korean presenters included Professors Jae-yeong Lee (Kongju National University) and Seong-yeong Lee (Cheongju University). They explained how ecology centers and education on ecological civilization are reflected in education. Presenters from PEP included Director Li Jianhong, Associate Director Zhang Junxia, Editor Wu Chengjun, and Managing Editor Jeou Ingkeo. They explained ecology and ecological civilization curriculum in China and presented how this is reflected in textbooks.
In addition, this seminar included a special session on digital textbooks in Korea and China. PEP Vice President Wang Zhiqing and Director Jin-suk Kim (Future Education Policy Division, Korea Education and Research Information Service) gave presentations on future policy trends and the current situation regarding digital textbooks in Korea and China.
This seminar was an opportunity to realize that ecological education and an ecological outlook are needed to face current ecological dangers. It was also an opportunity for mutual understanding of how the idea of ecological civilization can be strengthened and reflected in education. AKS will continue to collaborate with PEP to develop more advanced research and cooperation.