Science Education in Thailand: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity

Chapter

Abstract

Both globalization and Westernization have influenced the Thai education system and have led to educational reforms. This chapter begins with a brief overview of the science educational reforms that have occurred in Thailand since 1868. Based on empirical research and our personal perspectives and experiences as Thai science educators, we go on to provide a synopsis of the status of the current educational context, including the aims of science education, student performance, and teacher preparation and development. In the main body of the chapter, we discuss the challenges and complexities of helping Thai students achieve scientific literacy and encouraging science teachers to shift their traditional teaching style to a constructivist-based approach. We then describe the process of moving Thai science education through crisis to opportunity and of creating a balance between sociocultural factors and the needs of today’s knowledge-based society.

Keywords

Educational reform Inquiry Nature of science Scientific literacy Sociocultural factors Teacher education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Ministry of EducationBangkokThailand

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