• Where to Find Evidence of Effectiveness?
    Tom Corcoran 07-09-2022
    Policymakers often want fast and definitive answers to their questions about how to improve education, but cannot always find answers in education research. Part of the disconnect arises from timeliness. It can take decades before longitudinal studies produce definitive answers to some of the questions facing policymakers. Does a job training program alter the quality of life of the students who complete it?   Does a new preschool curriculum alter the life outcomes of children?  Does a new science program encourage more students to pursue careers in science?  Do STEM programs motivate students to pursue STEM careers? Answers to such questions require longitudinal studies that are expensive and lengthy.
  • The Reform of Teacher Education in Thailand
    Tom Corcoran 09-08-2022
    Two recent studies of Thai education have concluded that poorly designed policies contribute to Thailand’s weak performance on international assessments. OECD and UNESCO conducted a policy review of Thailand in 2018, and CPRE conducted a study of the Premium Program for IPST in 2017, and both studies pointed to flawed policies as factors contributing to the weak performance of Thai schools.
  • What is Competency-based Education?
    Tom Corcoran 03-12-2021
    The term “competency” is being used a great deal these days in policy discussions in Thailand about the reform of K-12 education , but it isn’t always so clear what is meant by it or if those using the term fully understand its implications.
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