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Higher education ‘stuck in outdated mode’ despite ‘4.0 era’: lecturer
By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA
THE NATION

 

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Dr Supot Hannongbua

 

BANGKOK: -- MOST PARTS of the higher education sector are stuck in an outdated 1.2 version, even as the ambitious Thailand 4.0 serves as a future benchmark, a prominent university lecturer has said.

 

Dr Supot Hannongbua, who teaches at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Science, said that within the country’s higher education system, learners should be able to become innovators in the 4.0 era. 

 

“But apparently, most students are stuck in the outdated version. Just 20 per cent of students can seek more knowledge from online media, which is in the 2.0 version only,” he said. 

 

But he said, the 2.0 version was still an improvement on the 1.0 period when lecturers had to “spoon-feed” students with knowledge. 

 

Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30304674

 
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Education start with willigness and great teachers....BA...MBA degrees are sometimes stunnig peoples whom are out there with not more then a colledge knowledge.

1.0...2.0...4.0 

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The majority of the private universities and the government Rajaphat institutions are little more than degree mills and networking opportunities. This is incentivised by profit and student demand for the degree. Thus there would be resistance to the reforms suggested by the lecturer.

 

If you want an improvement in standards in any organisation, educational or otherwise, you need the following :-

1. Clearly defined goals

2. Quantifiable, measurable targets

3. The political will to make it happen, including in this case the head of the university, the MoE, government, etc.

4. The correct tone and example set at the top.

5. Independent auditing and assessment of the progress or lack of it.

6. Carrots and sticks.

 

Many, if not all, of these factors are wholly or partially absent.

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I am allways upset to see any countrys education system suffer because of politics, corruption or just fear.,but,in my humble opinion Thailand  is stuck..but they can always use ''saving face''as an excuse for not embracing the challenges and ultimately rewards, moving forward brings.thais need to learn to except critisizm..thais didn't invent the wheel (although many would like you to believe they did)...so much potential here,sad to see it lost on false senses of pride..stop trying to keep our children down..the end...peanuts gets you monkeys..sawadee no crap

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9 minutes ago, mok199 said:

I am allways upset to see any countrys education system suffer because of politics, corruption or just fear.,but,in my humble opinion Thailand  is stuck..but they can always use ''saving face''as an excuse for not embracing the challenges and ultimately rewards, moving forward brings.thais need to learn to except critisizm..thais didn't invent the wheel (although many would like you to believe they did)...so much potential here,sad to see it lost on false senses of pride..stop trying to keep our children down..the end...peanuts gets you monkeys..sawadee no crap

Nothing to do with pride - the Thai ruling class sees no value in educating the peasants to think for themselves

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30 minutes ago, SoFarAndNear said:

Difficult to get more Innovators in a copy paste society.

 

 

Especially when it not allowed to ask professors questions for fear of making them lose face if they don't know the answer. The local solution, sell degrees and diplomas. And that ladies and gentleman is your Thai 4.0 education. Afghanistan, Somalia, and Antarctica must be 4.0 as well.

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The problem is the old model , that the young should learn off the old, that works for the arts. In the technology field those qualified and have the knowledge are not much older than the students. This is a tough one for Thai educators to get their head around.

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2.0 is optimistic

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the 980 top universities in the world

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

Thailand: one university in 501-600 ranking group; four universities in 601-800; one university in 801+

Top 50:

North America (US & Canada) 28

Europe (incl. UK & Scandinavia) 15

Selected Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan & China) 6

Pacific (Australia) 1

 

 

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They keep talking about knowledge. They need to move up the hierarchy of Bloom's taxonomy.

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I realise this is secondary education but seems indicative of the entire system here.  My 14yo Thai daughter was told she had to have her beautiful long hair cut by the principal of her school, a Government school with a good "English programme" that we pay more for.

It is a generally reasonable school comparable with many lower priced International schools.

I was flabbergasted but apparently if we didn't get it cut the school threatened a hatchet job.  A new rule in the government school system apparently. I understand about cleanliness and all but this is ridiculous and harks back to the early 1900s. They should be focused on improving the quality of education here  not turning out lookalike robots and points to the OP news piece.

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Best to move it back to 0.5, better for the ruling elite.

 

"...harks back to the early 1900s "

 

Yep, that's the plan. Maybe just learn to count to ten (history), sing a few patriotic songs, march in a few parades, learn some cheering, maybe a class in whistle-blowing.

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2 hours ago, Briggsy said:

The majority of the private universities and the government Rajaphat institutions are little more than degree mills and networking opportunities. This is incentivised by profit and student demand for the degree. Thus there would be resistance to the reforms suggested by the lecturer.

 

If you want an improvement in standards in any organisation, educational or otherwise, you need the following :-

1. Clearly defined goals

2. Quantifiable, measurable targets

3. The political will to make it happen, including in this case the head of the university, the MoE, government, etc.

4. The correct tone and example set at the top.

5. Independent auditing and assessment of the progress or lack of it.

6. Carrots and sticks.

 

Many, if not all, of these factors are wholly or partially absent.

7. The will to allow students to fail of their own accord.

8. The will to reward excellence and nurture truly motivated students.

 

One of the main problems here are that the current crop of educators learned in the 'old system' and literally don't have the ability or skill sets to take new students to the next level.  Example: I use to teach English to Thai educators whose university major was English.  The vast majority of these educators barely had a rudimentary understanding of the English language, and yet these are now the educators tasked with teaching the current generation of students English at the University level.  Talk about the blind leading the blind! 

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9 minutes ago, connda said:

... to take new students to the next level. 

...  Talk about the blind leading the blind! 

English Cliches 101

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13 minutes ago, SaintLouisBlues said:

English Cliches 101

In informal writing, cliches are useful in a lazy sort of way.  I not writing a university dissertation.  I'm simply sitting here in my PJs with a cup of coffee knocking out a quick opinion.  So, why not.  <wink>  :thumbsup:

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