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The Evolution and Current Status of STEM Education in Thailand: Policy Directions and Recommendations

  • Sumonta PromboonEmail author
  • Fred N. Finley
  • Kittisak Kaweekijmanee
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Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 42)

Abstract

The concept of STEM education was introduced in Thailand around 2012, and the implementation of STEM education is now required. Our review of the evolution of STEM education in Thailand, the current status of its development, and the need for STEM education results in a set of related recommendations. The key one is that a set of characteristics of STEM education be used in different combinations to formulate multiple valid forms of STEM education. The various types should be tailored to meet regional or local contexts and needs. The effects of using different forms of STEM education will be enhanced if STEM ideas and practices are taught in relation to authentic real-life activities (authentic learning). The use of such activities can be enhanced by developing moderate levels of integration between the academic and vocational education systems. We also propose that developing alternative forms of STEM education be done as modules that can be evaluated, revised, and shared rather than as a single, one size fits all curriculum. In addition, we suggest that authentic assessment systems will need to accompany these innovations. The use of multiple forms of STEM education can effectively enhance STEM education for all and help address critical human resource needs. Those needs include enhancing the STEM literacy of the general population as well as politicians and government officials, increasing the availability of qualified people to work in STEM-related fields, and expanding the pool of people who consider entering STEM fields to contribute to research, development, and innovation.

Keywords

STEM Education National Science And Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Association Of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Programme For International Student Assessment (PISA) King Mongkut’s University Of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sumonta Promboon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fred N. Finley
    • 2
  • Kittisak Kaweekijmanee
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST)BangkokThailand
  2. 2.STEM, Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  3. 3.National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI)BangkokThailand

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