Date of Award

1-1-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Russell Waugh

Abstract

In accordance with the National Education Act of t999, the educational system in Thailand was changed after 1999, the largest educational change in Thailand in 50 years. The achievable aims of the change were divided into eight main aspects covering, primary, secondary and higher education. These were: (1) ensuring access to basic education for all; (2) reform of the curriculum and learning processes; (3) encouraging participation and partnership in education; (4) restructuring of educational administration; (5) enhancing educational standards and quality assurance; (6) reform of teachers; faculty staff, and educational personnel; (7) mobilisation of resources and investment for education; and (8) utilisation of technologies for education. This study focuses on higher education and aims to: (1) investigate lecturer receptivity to the major change, in the context of planned educational change at Rajabhat Universities, (2) investigate the relationships between lecturer receptivity, and nine aspects to the change, and (3) investigate why Thai lecturers at Rajabhats hold the attitudes that they do. Lecturer receptivity was conceptualised as composed of nine aspects jointly influencing receptivity. They were: (I) attitude to the change in comparison with the previous system, (2) prac1icality in the classroom, (3) alleviation of concerns, (4) learning about the change, (5) participation in decision making.(6) personal cost appraisal, (7) collaboration with other lecturers, (8) opportunities for lecturer improvement, and (9) perceived value for students. For each aspect lecturers would have developed expectations that would, in part, influence their behaviours, and their receptivity to the change.

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