Education of the Disadvantaged
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This chapter identifies comprehensively 15 educationally disadvantaged groups of individuals in Thailand. The detailed profiles of these groups provided derive from my direct experiences in educational development and my traveling to all the major regions of Thailand over the past three decades. The chapter begins by providing some important context touching on my thinking on education, different teaching and learning styles, and the nature of our school system. The 15 disadvantaged groups identified in this chapter are people in disadvantaged remote areas poorly served by mainstream educational services; people with no money to study; people of limited intelligence; inpatients; people with physical or mental disabilities; orphaned children; children of transient people, e.g., construction workers, migrant laborers in agriculture, people living in houseboats, and fishermen; prison inmates; street children; child laborers, soldiers, and sex workers; those with no opportunity to study during childhood; refugees, illegal immigrants, and people lacking nationality; individuals who do not value education; students who do not understand the language of instruction; and highly gifted students in some circumstances. Each group is described in detail, and there is a discussion of what can be done to provide educational opportunities for these diverse disadvantaged groups.
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