Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN (IRDTP) and Faculty of Education, KKU held a program to develop teachers of Teachers and Basic Education Personnel Development Bureau. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasit, a dean of Faculty of Education, Khon Kaen University gave a special lecture on answering questions on Thailand education with classroom based research. Approximately 2,600 teachers attended the program arranged at Saisuree Jutikul Meeting Room on December 2nd, 2017.
Teacher’s training unit of Faculty of Education KKU, in compliant with the standards set by Teachers and Basic Education Personnel Development Bureau, is called “Coupong Kru” in which assisting teachers are required to go over 30 hours of training. It offers practical training and advices for the teachers to be applied at their own schools under the advice of Faculty of Education and the result should be reflected together between the teachers and the faculty. Teachers who finish full 30 hours will be granted with a certificate for promotion.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasit, a dean of Faculty of Education said that the strong point of Teacher’s training unit is the program for classroom research and innovation development for student’s various sustainable learning. It focuses mainly on teachers, believing that teachers do not have any problems improving themselves but other factors relating to improving teachers are still not fully encouraging. For example, Ministry of Education, Office of the Basic Education Commission, National Teacher Institution, and local universities do not sufficiently encourage teachers to improve themselves.
“To develop Thailand’s education is to conduct classroom based research which requires some time, continuity, annual and monthly follow-ups. Many universities refuse to do it because it is so difficult. For example, KKU has been working on classroom based research for 15 years, creating a network of approximately 120 schools. It took 12 years for the first school with O Net score of 13 out of 100 to reach 50, above national average. To achieve the goal, all factors needs to go toward the same direction.”
Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN and Faculty of Education held a program is coordinating with Institute of Teaching Profession for Thailand to sign a Memo of Understanding with foreign educational institutes in order to create Mekhong teaching and educational development center. When all sectors coordinate, it will definitely develop ultimately.
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