Dr Wonyong Park is a Lecturer in Science Education within the Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.
He is passionate about exploring the role of science and STEM education in building disaster-resilient society in the age of various local and global crises. In so doing, he is committed to interdisciplinary approaches between science and other subjects such as history, social studies, RE and language.
Wonyong currently serves as NARST Strand 13 (History, Philosophy, Sociology and Nature of Science) Coordinator and Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee at Southampton. He welcomes informal contacts from potential doctoral students interested in any of his research areas.
In 2022, Wonyong was awarded a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to undertake research on interdisciplinary and intercultural disaster education.
- Science education
- STEM education
- Disaster risk reduction
- Teacher education and curriculum studies
- Physics education
Wonyong’s research focuses on the intersections of science, humanities and society in education. He has published articles examining how the history and philosophy of science can enrich science teaching in schools, which led to his interest in nature of science (NOS) education. His doctoral research looked into secondary science teachers’ practices in the classroom assessment of NOS. As a member of the Oxford Argumentation in Science and Religion project funded by Templeton World Charity Foundation, he worked with secondary teachers in Oxfordshire and published articles comparing how teachers understand and teach argumentation in the two disciplinary contexts.
His other interests include:
History, philosophy and nature of science (physics in particular)
Modern physics education
Addressing disasters in science education
Rousseau's philosophy of education
Current PhD Students
At Southampton, Wonyong teaches on BSc Education, MSc Education, MSc Education (online), and PhD programmes.
Wonyong holds BSc and MSc degrees in Physics Education from Seoul National University, where he trained as a physics teacher. Prior to joining the School, he received a doctorate in Science Education at the University of Oxford and served as a Science Tutor for the Master’s in Learning and Teaching (MLT) programme.