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|Title:||Global Citizenship in Thai Higher Education: Case Studies Of A University And Its Affiliated International College|
|Keywords:||Thai Higher Education|
|Publisher:||University of Sydney.|
Faculty of Education and Social Work
|Abstract:||Global forces are changing the dominance of nation-states and expanding the range of factors impacting upon people’s lives. Today, an individual can simultaneously be a member of several communities, at local, national and international levels. Global citizenship, although a problematic concept, has been articulated as a necessary attribute for graduates of many universities around the world. Global citizenship invites scholars and educators to think about “citizenship” beyond the national scale. Citizens in a global context have awareness, concerns, rights and responsibilities that transcend into the global community. This research project aims to investigate how a university in Thailand and its affiliated international college interprets and implements the discourse of global citizenship into their undergraduate programs. Perspectives on global citizenship were derived from the interviews with senior administrators and lecturers and focus-group discussions with students. Data were triangulated from different sources through a case study research design to investigate the multiple levels of an understanding of global citizenship in (a) the university’s policies and mission statements, (b) the curriculum and teaching, and (c) the learning outcomes of the students. Grounded theory was used to locate themes and categories in the data. An analysis shows that the university students have different perceptions of global citizenship when compared to the international college students. Interviews with senior university administrators indicate that being a good Thai citizen was considered a prerequisite to being a global citizen. This illustrates a perspective different from that predominant in the Western literature. Some students perceived global citizenship at a superficial level, whereas a few overseas students showed sophisticated understanding of global citizenship.|
|Description:||Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)|
|Rights and Permissions:||The author retains copyright of this thesis.|
|Type of Work:||PhD Doctorate|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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