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The Analysis of Operating Status and Improvement Task of the Seoul Innovative Education Zone Project

Hyesook, LeeㆍYoungjoo, Lee


‘The Seoul Innovative Education Zone(below, SIEZ or IEZ) Project’ began with recognition that schools and communities raise children. SIEZ Project was initiated by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education(below, SMOE) 2012, when Geumcheon and Guro were assigned as innovative education zones. The Seoul Metropolitan City(below, SMC)-SMOE-local government concluded a joint agreement to promote the project. SIEZ project promote by the cooperative governance system called the local government-civic groups-schools governance.

SIEZ project invested 55.1 billion won by 2016, and 734 programs have been completed. As of 2017, there are 22 zone excluding three municipalities in Seoul.

This study aims to analyze the operating status of SIEZ project. We use qualitative research to describe and interpret difficulties and limitations of governance operations, business practices, and changes in localities brought about by SIEZ project. In addition, I want to elucidate the improvement tasks of SIEZ project.

For this purpose, this study conducted survey focus group interview(FGI), and interviews with committee members participating in SIEZ project. Survey results are as follows.

The most important thing that SIEZ business is the mid and long-term plan of the innovative education zone(5.7%). Members participating in SIEZ project reply the biggest problem is the lack of cooperation with the school(19.5%).

As for perception of operating on governance structure, a positive opinion. According to a result of surveying the degree of cooperation between civil and public, cooperation of the local government between the community(village) was high at 6.78 points(of points), but the school-village cooperation was relatively low at 5.68 points.

The main results of qualitative research that cooperative governance is being established and settled in the education zone, and that SIEZ project promotes community change as an experimental place for cooperative education between schools and the community. limitations of the quantitative evaluation of SIEZ project, the absence of alternative, and lack of sharing with the understanding and the philosophy of SIEZ project were pointed out.

Based on these results, we will suggest improvement task of SIEZ project. It is proposed to establish legal basis of SIEZ project, establish mid and long-term plan of SIEZ project, and establish SIEZ project with ‘the SIEZ project promotion team’. We will propose a redesign of the project, such as improvement of the evaluation system, compliance with required ratio of essential projects, establishment of infrastructure for “civil and administrative governance”, and systematization of education and training. We will also suggest improvement of the governance system, improvement for the method of SIEZ designation system, etc.



01 Introduction

1_Background and Purpose of the Study

2_Main Contents and Scope

3_Research Methods

4_System of the Study


02 The Current Condition of the Innovative Education Zone Project

1_Understanding of the Innovative Education Zone Project

2_Analysis on Governance of the Innovative Education Zone Project

3_Current Status of the Innovative Education Zone Project

4_The Main Issues and Agenda


03 Analysis of Operating Status of the Innovative Education Zone Project

1_Outline on the Quantitative Survey

2_Operational Statues of the Project

3_Recognition about the Performance

4_A Improvement Issues and Implications for Development



04 Result on Operation of the Innovative Education Zone Project

1_Overview of the Qualitative Survey

2_Operational Status

3_Operation of Governance System

4_Results and Limits, Implications



05 Improvement Tasks of the Innovative Education Zone Project

1_Improvement Tasks

2_The Securing Sustainability of the SIEZ Project

3_Improvement of the Governance System and Improvement for the Method of SIEZ Designation System

4_Redesign of the SIEZ Project