Academic supports reform of Teacher Education in Thailand

Posted by ep256 at Mar 09, 2018 10:55 AM |
Meeting hosted by the British Embassy in Bangkok

Following a review of initial teacher education in Thailand carried out by Bishop Grosseteste University in 2016, Professor Wasyl Cajkler joined a panel of experts on Friday 16 February to discuss the possibilities for the reform of teacher education in Thailand, at a meeting hosted by the British Embassy, Bangkok, in collaboration with the General Teaching Council of Thailand.

Professor Chris Atkin of Bishop Grosseteste University presented the review of initial teacher in the Rajabhat University sector carried out in 2016. This was followed by a workshop on the future of teaching, opened by Margaret Tongue, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bangkok and by Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Thailand’s Minister of Education, who gave a keynote address to the delegates. The Thai Teachers’ Council, led by Dr Tinsiri Siiribodhi, presenting the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries’ proposed teacher competence framework. Themed expert inputs, related to the ASEAN framework, were given by:

  1. Dr Nick Gee - Bishop Grosseteste University ‘Know and understand what I teach’;
  2. Professor Linda Clarke – University of Ulster ‘Help my students learn’;
  3. Dr Aileen Ackland – University of Aberdeen ‘Engage the community’;
  4. Professor Wasyl Cajkler – University of Leicester ‘Becoming a better teacher everyday’.

These were followed by discussion of the potential next steps including opportunities for joint collaboration between the initial teacher education providers in Thailand and the UK.

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