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Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects

Education in Thailand

An Old Elephant in Search of a New Mahout

Editors: Fry, Gerald W. (Ed.)

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  • The first ever (in English) truly comprehensive book on Thai education
  • Illuminates many striking paradoxes associated with Thai education
  • Offers rich and extensive empirical data on educational inequalities and disparities in Thailand
  • Provides insights into the nature of quality problems at all levels of education
  • Includes an appendix with brief biographies of prominent Thai educators, past and present
  • Includes two chapters by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, one on the history of Thai education and one on the education of the disadvantaged
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This interdisciplinary book offers a critical analysis of Thai education and its evolution, providing diverse perspectives and theoretical frameworks. In the past five decades Thailand has seen impressive economic success and it is now a middle-income country that  provides development assistance to poorer countries. However, educational and social development have lagged considerably behind itsglobally recognized economic success. This comprehensive book covers each level of education, such as higher and vocational/technical education, and such topics as internationalization, inequalities and disparities, alternative education, non-formal and informal education, multilingual education, educational policy and planning, and educational assessment. The 25 Thai and 8 international contributors to the volume include well-known academics and practitioners. Thai education involves numerous paradoxes, which are identified and explained.  While Thailand has impressively expanded its educational system quantitatively with much massification, quality problems persist at all levels.  As such, the final policy-oriented summary chapter suggests strategies to enable Thailand to escape “the middle income trap” and enhance the quality of its education to ensure its long-term developmental success.

About the authors

Gerald W. Fry is a Distinguished International Professor at the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.  He received his BA from Stanford University, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Previously Dr. Fry was a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Oregon where he also directed the International Studies Program and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.  He was the team leader for major Asian Development Bank projects related to education reform in Thailand and Laos.. He has previously taught at Stanford  and various universities in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.  In 1991-1992 he was a Pew Fellow in International Affairs at the Kennedy School at Harvard. His many publications include the books, Pacific Basin and Oceania; The International Education of Development Consultants: Communicating with Peasants and Princes; the International Development Dictionary; Thailand and its Neighbors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives; Association of Southeast Asian Nations; and Historical Dictionary of Thailand.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

Table of contents (27 chapters)

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eBook $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-7857-6
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Hardcover $219.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide. COVID-19 shipping restrictions apply.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education in Thailand
Book Subtitle
An Old Elephant in Search of a New Mahout
Editors
  • Gerald W. Fry
Series Title
Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7857-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7857-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7855-2
Series ISSN
1573-5397
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXXIV, 744
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations, 74 illustrations in colour
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