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Korean Journal of General Education 2019;13(2):57-90.
Published online April 30, 2019.
Exploring the goals and contents of integrated science as a liberal arts education in universities
Won Sup Kim, Jean Soo Chung, Duckhwan Lee, Eungbin Kim, Hye Young Kim, Young-Kyun Kwon, Bokoung Lee
대학 교양교육으로서의 통합과학의 방향과 내용체계 구성
김원섭, 정진수, 이덕환, 김응빈, 김혜영, 권영균, 이보경
In order to explore the direction of science education in university liberal arts, a group of scientist have analyzed literatures and science courses in general education curriculums and then focus group interviews(FGI) with the experts from science and technology, philosophy, education, and social science were conducted. Opinions raised from FGI were categorized and structured by the research team and reviewed and restructured through various methods such as expert evaluation, and open forum. Experts have recognized that science as a general education at Korean universities is not effective because of the distortion of secondary science education, unconcern of the entire university society including professors and students. From literatures and experts, we found that universal liberal arts science is newly recognized not only as a sophisticated science and technology specialty but also a civic education with specific practical goals such as universal intellectual education, positive attitude toward science and technology, and improvement of quality of life through daily problem solving. For this, an integrated scientific approach is more useful than a disciplinary approach. In order to understand space birth and evolution, the origin and characteristics of life, and the modern civilization based on science and technology, not only the core concepts of the basic science, but also the relationship of the concepts and the context using the concept beyond the boundary are need to be presented in the liberal arts science. A model of the integrated science for all students, based on the seven important themes of modern science and technology advanced civilizations was presented in this paper, in which we focused on making various subjects with theme and contents composition according to students level and characteristics of university. Although the limit of research duration and the number of participants, it is expected that this results contribute positively to the study and practice of liberal arts science education in Korean universities since experts from various academic backgrounds participated in the comprehensive research and discussion including purpose, problem, teachinglearning method, contents, and structure of the liberal arts science.
Key Words: general education, liberal arts science, integrated science, contents, focus group intervie


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