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Primary school differences in Bangkok, Thailand, 1980-present

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My topic examines the differences in quality of schooling across public primary schools in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1980 to present. I am seeking to answer (1.) to what extent do resource differences exist between schools within the government system (2.) in which major ways do resources differ, and (3.) how these differences have evolved. I hypothesize that the characteristics of schools within the public compulsory school system vary significantly. Measures of school differences include the cost allocated per student, number of qualified teachers, and production function inputs such as student socioeconomic status. Investment in non-classroom school resources will also be included.

I am approaching this topic using a mixed methods study, analyzing secondary data on the inputs and financing of schooling in order to compare of differences. Then, I seek to interpret the reasons for difference through contextualizing social, historical and cultural factors: expansion policies, social stratification, or efficiency as possible reasons for differences.

The topic will operate within the framework of world systems theory. Although Thailand’s education system appears to conform to modernization theory in its expansion, unequal access is may be a barrier to development. Schools perhaps illustrate a form of social reproduction (Bourdieu, 1977, Bowles and Gintis, 1976), preventing quality schooling from reaching all populations, and representing a deep flaw in the education system. While the project is in its early stages, I hypothesize that the cultural role of the social class system and organizational inefficiencies may relate to the inequality in resource distribution across government primary schools.

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Education Development, Development, Education Expansion, Equality, Inequality
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Junmookda, Kimberly. "Primary school differences in Bangkok, Thailand, 1980-present" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493926_index.html>

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Junmookda, K. , 2011-05-01 "Primary school differences in Bangkok, Thailand, 1980-present" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493926_index.html

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Abstract: My topic examines the differences in quality of schooling across public primary schools in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1980 to present. I am seeking to answer (1.) to what extent do resource differences exist between schools within the government system (2.) in which major ways do resources differ, and (3.) how these differences have evolved. I hypothesize that the characteristics of schools within the public compulsory school system vary significantly. Measures of school differences include the cost allocated per student, number of qualified teachers, and production function inputs such as student socioeconomic status. Investment in non-classroom school resources will also be included.

I am approaching this topic using a mixed methods study, analyzing secondary data on the inputs and financing of schooling in order to compare of differences. Then, I seek to interpret the reasons for difference through contextualizing social, historical and cultural factors: expansion policies, social stratification, or efficiency as possible reasons for differences.

The topic will operate within the framework of world systems theory. Although Thailand’s education system appears to conform to modernization theory in its expansion, unequal access is may be a barrier to development. Schools perhaps illustrate a form of social reproduction (Bourdieu, 1977, Bowles and Gintis, 1976), preventing quality schooling from reaching all populations, and representing a deep flaw in the education system. While the project is in its early stages, I hypothesize that the cultural role of the social class system and organizational inefficiencies may relate to the inequality in resource distribution across government primary schools.


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