Project Description

Goyang Class Innovation, Study on Class Design for Region-Linked Projects

What does a class using regional human and material resources mean for students?

This is a field research project where we attempted to extend student learning from school to the local community. It was commissioned by the city of Goyang as part of the second stage of the Goyang Innovation Education District project, and ran for 7 months starting April 2019. We analyzed 10 cases of “project-based classes utilizing local resources” in elementary, middle, and high schools around Goyang using the self-developed “5 assessment questions of designing and teaching classes with regional links”, laying the foundation for a local education community.

The teacher teaches and talks from his point of view, but the baker gave feedback from the customer’s point of view while eating our bread. He was someone with firsthand experience in both baking and starting a business. In addition, he felt really close because his shop is near the subway station. It felt nice knowing that there was someone I could go to whenever I had a question to ask.

– Gahee Kim, Goyang Ilsan High School Student –

Project Processes

  • We visited actual classes which utilized community resources. We held in-depth interviews, analyzed class plans/result reports, and conducted online surveys around 3-4 times a class.
  • To develop a new teaching model for the region-linked, project-based class, we discovered, educated, and communicated with a core group of teachers.
  • We created our own guidelines for the design, operation, evaluation, and continuation of the new classroom model.

Project Insights

  • Spreading change is most effective when starting from the bottom-up. The answers can always be found in the field, meaning our efforts should go to establishing real schools and actually running experiments.
  • We proposed a model of locally-connected project classes where anyone can become a teacher and anywhere can be a classroom. Here are five principles you should keep in mind if you want to create your own “local project class”.
    • Learner-centered Design
    • Connection between learning and life
    • View of the region as a classroom
    • Systems to collaborate and cooperate
    • Culture of reflection and transformation


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