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« on: December 23, 2012, 12:37:16 PM »
TDRI research to focus on improving quality of education

BANGKOK: -- A national think-tank will continue to conduct its research on education, especially basic schooling, to ease the dropout problem and improve learning outcomes at schools with different levels of performance before giving concrete policy recommendations to the government, according to its president.

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) will focus its research studies on improving the quality of education in Thailand, TDRI president Somkiat Tangkitvanich said.

"The educational research projects will focus on basic education to prevent dropouts," he said at a recent seminar.

Somkiat added that lots of students had dropped out from Matthayom 1 (Grade 7) to Matthayom 6 (Grade 12) or the third year of vocational certificate level. The student retention rate of Matthayom 1 was around 85 per cent but it was down to about 54 per cent when they were in Matthayom 6 or the third year of vocational certificate level.

TDRI pointed out to the public early this year that Thailand was losing out in terms of education - not because of the lack of resources but a lack of accountability.

The seminar was part of the Proceedings Institutional Research Symposium 2012 held at Impact Muang Thong Thani by the Association of Institutional Research and Higher Education Development this month, and attended by representatives from many universities who are involved with research projects.

Also, TDRI will do a pilot project at selected schools; students and schools will be separated into different groups. TDRI will set the learning outcome for each group, then adjust the teaching and learning techniques to suit students and schools with different performance levels. TDRI will then compare the students' achievements with the desired learning outcome.

"We will do the experiment at the pilot schools, which is an evidence-based practice. If we succeed in enhancing their achievement, we will scale up, so students and schools with similar performance can use similar techniques. Later on, we will propose policy recommendations to the government," Somkiat said.

Sutham Vanichseni, PhD, founder of SVI Initiatives Ltd, a strategy, competitiveness and policy consulting company, said today's education situation was very challenging. Thailand had to prepare students to become working people for the next 10 years while there were many problems and obstacles in many parts of the education system and each part interrelated or correlated with one another.

His research showed that educational service area offices are not ready when the Education Ministry decentralises power to them. Offices with weak capacity will not be able to fulfil the required roles. Decentralisation without capacity building brought more confusion and a false sense of achievement than real value in education improvements. This caused a weak link in the system with varying school-based management capability and resources.

The research found curriculum development and implementation had failed to deliver, teacher education was in over-supply and of varying quality while professional licensure had not been a professional standard bearer. Not all key areas of education system had received proper assessments.

"A system of coherent and aligned policies is necessary to aid system evolution. The heart of improvement is in the implementation [of policies] in complexity not just using top-down instructions. Also, assessments to look at the progress in improvements are crucial," Sutham added.

Professor Somwang Phithiyanuwat, chairman of the committee of Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment, urged the universities to do research projects and theses that would point out the causes of good and bad impact on the education system for further improvements.

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