EDSS 295 --- Institute on Thailand and its Cultures
Three (3) -
1 credit = 15 contact hours
Michael S. Stuart, Bill Williams
Meeting dates and times:
Aug 2, 2012
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani
This course is designed for K-12 educators interested in learning and teaching about Thailand. Through first-hand experience, participants study Thai history, economy, politics, education, and culture. Workshops andfield trips to schools, historical, business and cultural sites are integrated for an
understanding of Thai society.Readings and three planning sessions are required prior to the course. Curriculum design and instruction onThailand are required upon return to Vermont.
This course is designed for educators to 1) gain a first hand understanding of the culture, includinghistory, politics, products, geography, religion and education of Thailand, through hands on activities,lectures, and field trips to various cultural, historical, political, educational and business sites; 2) foster acommitment to infuse Thai studies into teaching and learning in their local school and community, and 3)provide opportunities to discuss their learning and develop lesson plans, with guidance, for teaching theirstudents.
By completing this course, participants will:
basic knowledge of Thai culture;
Understand the evolution of Thai culture characterized with historical, economic, political, social,and educational development; and
Implement theories and effective practices in curriculum design and teaching about Thailand.
General Course Information
Program participants must fulfill the following tasks.a. Complete required readings:a. Baker, Chris, and Pasuk Phongpaichit.
A History of Thailand
. Cambridge Univ Pr, 2009.Print.b. Tsuji, Yohko.
Social Change in Thailand: A. Thomas Kirsch, a Northeastern Village, and Two Families
. Createspace, 2010. Print.c. M.Paul.
The King Never Smiles: a biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadei,
Yale Univ.Press, 2006. Printd. Tiyanvanich, Kamala.
Sons of the Buddha: the early lives of three extraordinary Thai masters.
Wisdom Publishing, 2007. Printb. Participate in classes, andc. Attend a field trip (travel to Thailand June 21-July 12, 2012), andd. Write a reflection paper ande.
Design a curriculum unit according to the Grade Expectations for Vermont’s Framework
of Standards and Learning Opportunities. This unit should include all components of aStandard-based curriculum unit, including matching Standards, instructional activities,and assessment tools. The unit should be equivalent to 10 hours instruction time, orf. Field-testing a Standard-based curriculum unit designed by another teacher. The fieldtest is to refine the curriculum unit to make it more comprehensive and friendly to users.