This intention of Constitution of The Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 and Educational Act B.E. 2540 Local Administration Organizations (LAOs) have the right to provide education and professional training and the need of that locality and participate in the provision of education and training by the state, especially vocational education : program for preparing workforce in market needs. LAOs have pilot of provision 7 vocational colleges in Thailand. The objectives of this research with LAOs in the vocational education provision, were to 1) study states and problems of Prosser concept 2) study supportive factors and 3) identify cooperation strategies. This research was divided into three phases. In phase I, the state and problems of provision were substantively studied. The survey technique was utilized to collect data both 845 students and 132 teachers by questionnaires. In phase II, supportive factors were analyzed. Questionnaires were used to collect data from 646 chief executives of enterprise and LAOs who were selected using the simple random sampling technique. Descriptive statistics were employed as the statistical tools. And phase III, the cooperative strategies were identified from the consensus of a focus group discussion of 37 purposively selected experts. The results revealed the states and problems of LAOs in the vocational colleges provision as a whole were at a high level and a moderate level respectively. When individual aspects of states were considered, the results showed that the learning and teaching aspect and administration aspect were at a high level. Local politics, LAOs participation, knowledge of vocational education administrators and academic cooperation factors were at a high level. Success in cooperation strategies of LAOs for vocational education were creation quality assurance system, academic staff development system, intermunicipal model and LAOs network. It could be used to increase and improve their productivity in as well as local vocational education.
Anuchai Ramwarungkura, Kasetsart University, Thailand
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