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Buchanan, Helen Janetta (1989) Primary education in rural Thailand : A case study of primary schooling in a northern Thai village. MPhil thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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The thesis begins with an introductory chapter in which the background to the field research, research methodology and objectives are detailed. Chapter One then outlines the socio-economic structure of Chompuu village, and provides an introduction to the school. In Chapter Two an account of recent educational development in Thailand is detailed; particular emphasis is given to curriculum changes within the past two decades. In Chapter Three, the 'hidden' curriculum and its influence in Chompuu school is considered. The political, moral and social implications of the hidden curriculum at Chompuu school are discussed with reference to the 'socialisation' of the child, and the reproduction of dominant social values in the school. Chapter Four considers the concepts of 'social reproduction' and 'socialisation' in relation to the formal school system. Chapter Five examines the related theme of knowledge and power in Chompuu village, exploring ways in which knowledge is used to establish power, or is the foundation of power in the community. Relations of power and authority in the school, and the education system in general, are then discussed in Chapter Six; the concern is with the ways in which control is established and maintained in the school by various means. The final chapter addresses school-village relations in Chompuu, looking at the role (if any) the school plays in 'development'. In the conclusion I aim to demonstrate the complexity of the role of the school in rural village life in Thailand. Although it is realised that aspects of Chompuu school and village life are unique and that the research can by no means be considered as a representation of the position in the country on the whole; it is hoped that this thesis will increase the readers' understanding of some of the many issues surrounding 'modern' formal schooling in rural Thai society today.

Item Type: Theses (MPhil)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 15:05

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