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Balancing Outsider Knowledge, Holding Thai Wisdom

  • Zane Ma Rhea
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Part of the Postcolonial Studies in Education book series (PCSE)

Abstract

This chapter develops an understanding of the Thai university sector suggesting that it is finding a balance between the sorts of knowledge found in the university exchanges discussed in previous chapters with what is uniquely Thai knowledge and wisdom. It argues that there has been a shift in understanding of panjaathaanglohk worldly wisdom and the various types of knowledge that supports it. The challenge for Thai people is how to negotiate such a shift. The pressing concern is that these newer understandings of formal knowledge cultivation in Thai universities are, as yet, “unsettled” as reliable signposts to enlightenment, to becoming a wise person, and that the knowledge of the old pathways and knowledge ecologies are in danger of being forgotten.

Keywords

Indigenous People High Education Institution Traditional Knowledge Previous Chapter Local Ecological Knowledge 
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  • Zane Ma Rhea
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationVictoriaAustralia

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