This research objectives: 1) to study level of teacher professional competencies at elementary level under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) 2) to compare teachers' professional competencies between professional and unprofessional teachers 3) to propose suggestions for developing teacher’s competencies. Respondents were 135 elementary teachers under OBEC in Bangkok by purposive sampling. Data analysis used descriptive statistics, compared competencies difference using t-test and one-way ANOVA. Focus group discussions, in-depth interviews were implied to discuss for suggestion.
Research Findings: 1. The professional competencies level of primary teachers under OBEC were at moderate level. 2. The professional competencies comparison between professional and unprofessional teachers under OBEC were found significantly different all competencies at level .05. While professional teachers had a higher competencies than unprofesessional teachers. There were significant differences at the level of .05 when compared core competencies and functional competencies by analysis of variance. 3. Suggestions guide for developing competencies of both professional and unprofessional teachers to cope with dynamic change and technology advancement affecting human learning in the 21st century. Teacher education institutes and faculties have to set the standards for preparing competencies readiness before graduation, be modernized, serve country developing strategies, learning in digital world. Teachers production and development agents have to implement both knowledge and competencies, raise up values, ideology, spirit, emphasized on quality manpower, intelligence, morality, competitiveness, innovation-driven, modern and international curriculum- courses, applying new instructional media for digital environment, encourage management skills to administrate curriculum, prepare qualified professional teachers with competent characteristics as desire.
Theeraphab Phetmalaikul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Kittichai Suthasinobon, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Stream: Educational policy
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