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Evaluating the quality of an elementary school in rural Thailand: Villagers' perspectives


R. Wiboonuppatum
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University
rww7804@garnet.acns.fsu.edu

 

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Abstract

This paper aims to understand how a marginal group of people, especially parents in a rural area in Thailand, defines and evaluates the quality of their school. Although quality of schooling is an elusive and complicated concept, each stakeholder has a point of view on how to make a good school. This is due to the fact that education belongs to all parties in a society. A qualitative approach was employed to grasp parents' perspectives on the quality of schooling. Five families in a rural area in a northern province in Thailand participated in the study. Five distinguishing aspects emerged: post schooling success, immediate schooling success, teachers' dedication, students' discipline, and the relationship between school and community.

Educational Quality Assurance, Quality of Schooling, Educational Accountability

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Wiboonuppatum, R. (2002) Evaluating the quality of an elementary school in rural Thailand: Villagers' perspectives. International Education Journal, 3 (2), 104-113.
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