Two Thai teachers' perceptions of cooperative learning

Nuntrakune, Tippawan, Nason, Rodney, & Kidman, Gillian C. (2009) Two Thai teachers' perceptions of cooperative learning. In Jeffery , Peter (Ed.) AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection, Australian Association for Research in Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane .

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Over the past decade, the need for educational reform in Thailand has become increasingly apparent. The strong tradition of teacher-directed instruction has been the major teaching and learning style in Thai education. Recent policy changes have focused on expanding education opportunities, the implementation of compulsory education and also on more student-centered pedagogies (Carter, 2006). A suggested way of bringing about the changes necessary to improve the standard of education in primary schools and retention rates is to incorporate cooperative learning into Thai primary school classrooms.

The action research in this study proceeded in four stages. There were pre-implementation interviews of teachers, teacher preparation, implementation of program, and post-implementation evaluation. This study focused on the two Thai teachers' perceptions about the benefits of cooperative learning and the roles of the teachers in cooperative learning classroom.

The study found that the two teachers had constructed different levels of perceptions about the benefits of cooperative learning and the roles of the teacher. These findings indicated that Thai teachers who are relatively inexperienced, lacking in confidence and with little or no experience with group work strategies such as peer tutoring need alternative, less intense professional development programs conducted over a period of a semester than the professional development program implemented in this study. In addition to being conducted over a longer period of time, the findings also indicate that alternative teacher professional programs need to provide additional workshops to improve their understanding of cooperative learning and the teachers' roles.

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ID Code: 29325
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper is also freely available online at the official URL.
Keywords: Teachers, Thailand , Cooperative Learning , Professional Development
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Deposited On: 18 Dec 2009 03:36
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 03:27

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