This objective of this research was to study characteristics of the curriculum for the production of social studies teachers, in Thailand. The main studied were the curriculum objectives, desirable attributes of graduates, activities promoting learners’ development, guideline for curriculum development in compliance to national policies, and problems in curriculum management. The representative sample implemented in this research consists of the lecturers within social studies curriculum selected from 9 universities located in all geographical regions of Thailand from 43 universities. The instruments implemented in this research were semi-structured interviews for the observation of characteristics of curricular introducing production of social study teachers.
The results were concluded as follows:
1. The curriculum objectives were to produce teachers with potentials to manage various learning by implementation of technologies as learning media and being specialized in the field of social study.
2. There were 3 desirable characteristics of graduates: 1) Expertise in learning management, 2) deeply intensive knowledge, and 3) capabilities to integrate all lessons in the field of social study.
3. For activities promoting learners’ development were application of local traits for creation of activities and focused on the interactive activities for learners to develop essential skills for 21st century.
4. The channels of curriculum development in compliance with the national policies were to improve the curriculum and activity arrangement to be in accordance with the teacher production policies of both national and education ministry levels, as well as to be in conformity to the core curriculum for Thai students.
Pawinyaphat Worraphan, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Anchalee Suknaisith, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Stream: Education / Pedagogy
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