Education in Thailand

An Old Elephant in Search of a New Mahout

  • Gerald W. Fry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxiv
  2. Background: The Thai Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
      Pages 3-32
  3. The Contemporary Thai Educational System

  4. Major Educational Issues: Inequalities and Disparities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
      Pages 325-344
    3. Dilaka Lathapipat
      Pages 345-372
    4. Gerald W. Fry, Hui Bi, Rosarin Apahung
      Pages 373-391
  5. Educational Issues: Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. Sumonta Promboon, Fred N. Finley, Kittisak Kaweekijmanee
      Pages 423-459
    3. Pruet Siribanpitak
      Pages 461-476
    4. Alain Mounier, Phasina Tangchuang
      Pages 477-499
  6. Planning, Policy, Reforms, Leadership, and Accountability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
    2. Waraiporn Sangnapaboworn
      Pages 517-554
    3. Sirilaksana Khoman
      Pages 579-596
    4. Somwung Pitiyanuwat, Samphan Phanphruk, Tan Pitiyanuwat
      Pages 597-623
  7. Alternative Educational Paths and Future Directions

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 711-744

About this book


This interdisciplinary book offers a critical analysis of Thai education and its evolution, providing diverse perspectives and theoretical frameworks. In the past five decades Thailand has seen impressive economic success and it is now a middle-income country that  provides development assistance to poorer countries. However, educational and social development have lagged considerably behind itsglobally recognized economic success. This comprehensive book covers each level of education, such as higher and vocational/technical education, and such topics as internationalization, inequalities and disparities, alternative education, non-formal and informal education, multilingual education, educational policy and planning, and educational assessment. The 25 Thai and 8 international contributors to the volume include well-known academics and practitioners. Thai education involves numerous paradoxes, which are identified and explained. While Thailand has impressively expanded its educational system quantitatively with much massification, quality problems persist at all levels. As such, the final policy-oriented summary chapter suggests strategies to enable Thailand to escape “the middle income trap” and enhance the quality of its education to ensure its long-term developmental success.


Buddhist Education Education for All Thai education Thai educational leadership Thai higher education Thai moral education Thai shadow education education and inequality in Thailand education in Thailand language policy in Thailand regional educational disparities research and development in Thailand

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald W. Fry
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-7855-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-7857-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9791
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