IRDTP, Khon Kaen University
Ministry of Education, Thailand launched the “Degree and Non-degree” project mainly aimed to develop and improve the capabilities of human resources for the New S-Curve. This project will ultimately be able to fulfill the role of higher education institutions in producing a higher quality human capital.
In 2020, the Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN (IRDTP) was one of the recipients under the Non-degree project focusing on soft skills titled “Developing Higher-order Thinking in Mathematics” and financially funded by the Ministry of Education, Thailand. As demand for new capabilities gathers pace, the non-degree project targeted for reskilling and upskilling educational human resources particularly in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences. The reskilling and upskilling training can enable the participants to develop their skills needed to remain competitive. The participants consist of undergraduate and postgraduate students, novice and experienced teachers, school principals, educational advisors, and university lecturers.
The Non-Degree Teacher Professional Development Program was designed to ensure participants achieve the following two main learning outcomes after they have completed the training program: (i) Participants are able to possess the higher-order thinking skills systematically in mathematics and (ii) participants are able to apply Mathematical Logics productively in their workflows. The program is an arrangement of 315 hours modules that are structured for a specific duration of 24 weeks. The learning volume consists of lecture and practical form to achieve the stated learning outcomes which lead to an award of the non-degree teacher professional qualification.
There are two types of learning platforms provided, namely online and on-site for a total of 50 participants to attend each course. The following table shows the course contents encompassing various areas, for example, Mathematics, Sciences, Computer Sciences, Arts, Lesson Planning, and Classroom Observation.