Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN, Khonkaen University
The Online Program for SEAMEO School Network is fulfilling:
Online Program for SEAMEO School Network is coordinated by Professor Dr. Masami Isoda (Director of CRICED, University of Tsukuba, Japan), Associate Professor Dr. Maitree Inprasitha (Vice President of Khon Kaen University and Acting Director of IRDTP for ASEAN, Thailand), and Dr. Aida Yap (Director of NISMED, University of Philippines, Philippines). The objective of this online program titled “Teaching Mathematics to Develop Mathematical Thinking as Higher Order Thinking: How do you teach? Why?” is to develop Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching with components of Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Subject Matter Knowledge for all school levels using materials of elementary school mathematics up to Grade 3. Hence, it covers the two SEAMEO priority areas, namely, #5 “Revitalizing Teacher Education” and #7 “Adopting 21st Century Curriculum”.
The Professional Development for Teachers and School Leaders Program was organized collaboratively by the Teacher Council of Thailand, the National Institute for Development of Teachers, National Institute for Development of Teachers, Faculty Staff and Educational Personnel (NIDTEP), National Institute for School Teachers and Staff Development (NITS) of Japan, and Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN (IRDTP) the Khon Kaen University of Thailand starting from 2018. This program aimed to provide training and mentoring based on the “Thailand 4.0 Master Plan Policy” in order to develop educational human resources in Thailand to be competitive and innovative in line with the Thai educational reformation.
The international collaboration between the Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession (IRDTP) for ASEAN, Khon Kaen University, the National Institute for Development of Teachers, Faculty Staff and Educational Personnel (NIDTEP), Thailand, and the National Institute for School Teachers and Staff Development (NITS), Japan is continued after the first round of piloting phase of collaboration from 2018 to 2020. In the piloting phase, a total of 119 trainees completed the four phases of this international collaboration between these four institutions (SDG 17, OKR-12, OKR-70).
In the first phase of this international project, IRDTP for ASEAN takes the responsibility to introduce the TLSOA model for strengthening this group of educational professionals. This is followed by NITS taking the role to provide hands-on experience in Lesson Study and Instructional Development in Japan. In the third phase, trainees will apply what they learned under Thailand and Japanese contexts from both IRDTP for ASEAN and NITS in their schools. In the final phase, trainees are required to present and share their learning outcomes derived from this collaborative project in terms of employing the Thailand Lesson Study incorporated Open Approach (TLSOA) model in teaching practices and the domestic/international training impacts.
The second round of this Professional Development for Teachers and School Leaders Program is starting in 2023 focusing on a series of school improvement plans. The opening ceremony was held on February 28, 2023. The project consists of four phases and has been planned to strengthen educational professionals’ competencies. The main expectation of this project is to develop educational professionals through capacity building process so that educational professionals learn collaboratively, understand the context, and use the TLSOA model effectively. This TLSOA model is an established teaching innovation and has been deployed for more than 20 years. Moreover, the project is designed to provide sufficient opportunities for educational professionals to learn through case studies and developmental processes with speakers from both Thailand and Japan in terms of sharing their ideas.
Khon Kaen University has become one of the partners in UNESCO’s UNITWIN program that promotes international cooperation and networking between universities. It helps reinforce higher education institutions worldwide, bridge the knowledge gap, mobilize university expertise, and collaborate around the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
Institute Research and Development for Teaching Profession for ASEAN, Khon Kaen University is one of the four partners participates in the “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher Pilot Project)”. The SEA-Teacher Pilot Project is supported by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization SEAMEO to “Revitalizing Teacher Education” as one of the seven priority areas to improve the quality in Southeast Asia. The project is initially led by the University of Tsukuba, Japan together with the other three universities in Southeast Asia, namely IRDTP, Khon Kaen University of Thailand, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia of Indonesia, and Central Luzon State University of the Philippines. The project aims to provide the opportunity for pre-service student teachers from the four universities to do their practicum or teaching experiences in schools of other countries in Southeast Asia. The duration is for one month and is based on the mechanism of cost-sharing basis. Students’ roles and responsibilities are assigned weekly during the one-month period. Moreover, the host universities will provide mentors to supervise and monitor the students throughout the practicum period.
The Center for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME), Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN, Khon Kaen University conducted the APEC Lesson Study Project (2005-2018) from the Thailand’s perspective in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba, Japan. In 2005, under the Ministry of Education, Thailand, the CRME proposed a proposal titled “A Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” (HRD 03/2005) to APEC HRDWG at Pattaya, Thailand thus set up international cooperation in education. In this proposal, the Center for Research in Educational Development (CRICED), the University of Tsukuba, Japan, has joined on the necessity for teaching innovations through Lesson Study. From the 2006 proposal, the Ministry of Education, Japan, became a co-proposal economy. The CRME and the CRICED have implemented the four series of APEC project collaboratively as follows.