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Course Syllabus Ed 704

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EDL 704: Seminar in Educational Change
Course Instructor
Rie Atagi, Ed.D.Mobile: 086-013-6862E-mail:rieatagi@hotmail.comor alternatively, rieatagi@csloxinfo.com
Course Description
This is a seminar to discuss issues in educational change. It reviews the theories of  policy cycle, decision making and leadership, and examines the three cases of educational change: 1. Thailand’s current educational reform; 2. Education towarddemocracy in China; and, 3. Teacher policies of OECD countries. Throughexamination of these cases, students are expected to learn multiple aspects of issues ineducational change and to develop analytical and critical thinking. A site-based actionresearch project is required to apply what is learned into practice.This course will aim at your acquiring:
Knowledge of basic theories of educational change.
Understanding of multiple aspects of issues in educational change.
Analytical and critical thinking to examine issues in your own surrounding.
Development of skills to propose and plan for educational change.
Course Schedule
 November 29 (Sat): 9 am ~ 6 pm: Introduction, Review of Theories, and EducationalReform in Thailand
Course overview and explanation of the assignments
Review of theories
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Leadership theories
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Models of decision making
Thailand’s current education reform
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Review of policy cycle
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Why is the educational reform needed?
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What is the framework and content of Thailand’s educational reform? November 30 (Sun): 9 am ~ 6 pm: Issues in Teacher Policy – International Experienceand Issues in Private Tutoring
Review of “Teachers Matter – Attracting, Developing and Retaining EffectiveTeachers” findings.
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What are the main concerns about teachers of the OECD countries?
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Common policy directions in attracting, developing and retainingteachers
Review of “Supplementary Shadow Education”
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What are positive and negative factors of private tutoring?
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How does that affect formal schooling?
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What is your opinion and suggestion?1
 
December 2 (Tue): 6 pm ~ 9 pm: Case Study – China
Educational change in China - toward democracy (watch BBC video)
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What are the challenges they are facing?
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If you were a teacher there, how would you deal with the election?December 4 (Thu): 6 pm ~ 9 pm: Thailand’s current education reform – continuedfrom Day 1
Each student will present one’s reflection on the following questions.
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What is the progress to date?
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What are the issues and challenges?
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What changes do you see in your school?December 6 (Sat): 9 am ~ 6 pm: Thailand’s current education reform presentation – continued and class teaching of “Teachers Matter”Each student will lead the class on one chapter chosen from “Teachers Matter.”December 7 (Sun): 9 am ~ 6 pm: Class Teaching - continuedEach student will lead the class on one chapter chosen from “Teachers Matter.”
Assignments1.Presentation
We will learn about the current educational reform in Thailand. You are to choose onechapter from the National Education Act and present the issues and challenges in promoting the chapter. Your experience of how the changes are affecting your schooland your reflection on how to promote the reform (or not to) should be included.Presentation time will be approximately 15 minutes.2.
Class Teaching
You will have 30-40 minutes to lead a class to discuss teacher policy. The text is“Teachers Matter – Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers”. Eachstudent will choose one section or chapter from the text (Ch.3~ 6).The assignment aims at deepening your understanding of issues around teacher policyand developing effective communication skills.3.
Action Research/Action Plan for Implementing Educational Change(December 17, Wed: = Paper due)
You are to choose one issue or challenge that you think is important and worth takinginitiative to solve or improve the educational situation through developing a project proposal with an action plan. The topic should be chosen from what is learned fromthe course (teacher policy and educational reform). The action plan has to be practicaland feasible to implement. Your analytical and critical thinking of the issues should be the focus of the paper.2
 
The guidelines of how to make a project proposal and how the project should beevaluated will be discussed in the beginning of the course.You are to submit the paper by December 17 (Wed) torieatagi@hotmail.com. (I willconfirm the receipt by e-mail reply.) The proposal should be no more than 10 pages,single space and 12 point font.
Evaluation
Letter grades will be given based on the following criteria.
Class participation (30%)
Class presentation (40%)
Final paper (action research proposal) (30%)
ReferencesText
1.National Education Act B.E. 2542 (1999) and Amendments. Office of theEducation Council, Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Thailand. Available athttp://www.onec.go.th2.Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Teachers Matter (2005) OECD. Available at http://www.oecd.org/document
Suggested Reading
3.Fullan, Michael. (2001) The New Meaning of Educational Change. (thirdedition). New York: Teachers College Press.4.Owens, Robert. (2001) Organizational Behavior in Education: InstructionalLeadership and School Reform. Boston: Allyn and Bacon Inc.5.Hoy, Wayne K. and Miskel, Cecil G. (2002). Educational Administration:Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: McGraw Hill Inc.6.Education in Thailand (various years) available atwww.edthai.com7.Tomlinson, Harry. (2004) Educational Leadership: Personal Growth for Professional Development. London: Sage Publications8.Adler, Nancy J. (2002) International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior.Southwestern Thomson Learning.9.Goleman, Daniel. (1998) “What Makes a Leader?” in Harvard BusinessReview3

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