Balancing Outsider Knowledge, Holding Thai Wisdom

  • Zane Ma Rhea
Part of the Postcolonial Studies in Education book series (PCSE)


This chapter develops an understanding of the Thai university sector suggesting that it is finding a balance between the sorts of knowledge found in the university exchanges discussed in previous chapters with what is uniquely Thai knowledge and wisdom. It argues that there has been a shift in understanding of panjaathaanglohk worldly wisdom and the various types of knowledge that supports it. The challenge for Thai people is how to negotiate such a shift. The pressing concern is that these newer understandings of formal knowledge cultivation in Thai universities are, as yet, “unsettled” as reliable signposts to enlightenment, to becoming a wise person, and that the knowledge of the old pathways and knowledge ecologies are in danger of being forgotten.


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  • Zane Ma Rhea
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationVictoriaAustralia

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