THE STATE OF STEM EDUCATION POLICY IN NORTHERN REGION, THAILAND

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Phattharamanat Sritrakul

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The purposes of this paper aimed to study the state and the barriers of STEM educational learning management for primary and secondary levels in Northern Region of Thailand. The research methodologies consisted of (1) the synthesis of related document about STEM education in Thailand, (2) the interview of teachers and students from 8 schools which were the centers and networks of STEM education in Northern Thailand. The findings showed that although the Ministry of Education had carefully designed STEM policy by designing STEM education network, implementing the policy and its strategies, and designing the curriculum teacher developing plans, but the practices of STEM education in schools didn’t go as planned due to the lack of learning resources and budget and supporting from the parents. Moreover, the directors of some schools hadn’t paid much attention towards STEM teacher development and learning management.

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