SEAMEO Journal • 2020 • Volume 2
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Looking Back on the 12-year APEC Lesson Study Project:
Thailand Perspective
Dr. Maitree Inprasitha
Khon Kaen University
Dr. Narumon Changsri
Khon Kaen University
Dr. Masami Isoda
University of Tsukuba, Japan
In 2005, under the Ministry of Education, Thailand, the Centre for Research in Mathematics
Education (CRME) produced 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 Human Resources Development Working Group
(HRDWG) at Pattaya, Thailand, thus setting up international cooperation in education. In this
proposal, the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development
(CRICED), the University of Tsukuba Japan, jointly focused on the necessity for teaching
innovations through Lesson Study. This paper aims to review the APEC Lesson Study Project
(2005-2018) proposed by Thailand and Japan from Thailand’s perspective. The project from
the Thailand perspective was mainly managed by the Center for Research in Mathematics
Education, Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN, Khon
Kaen University.
Keywords: Lesson Study, open approach, APEC, curriculum, learning community
Background for the APEC project in Thailand
The idea for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Lesson Study Project was initiated
when the Ministry of Education, Thailand, launched the initial educational reformation in 1999.
The reformation mainly focused on the learning process as the central issue to be resolved.
As a result, a revised core basic Education Curriculum was introduced by the Thailand Ministry
of Education in response to the educational reformation. The integration of three major
components of content, process/skills, and character were highly emphasized and
considered as the major change in the revised core basic Education Curriculum. Following
this line of reasoning, enhancing educational quality through curriculum implementation
became the issue for seeking teaching innovations. Khon Kaen University as a leading higher
education institution launched a long-term project entitled The 30 years Khon Kaen University
(2000 to 2030)to respond to the demand.