STUDENT TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS TOWARD LEARNING A NEW INTERNATIONALIZATION COURSE: ENVIRONMENT FOR HEALTH IN THAI UNDERGRADUATE CONTEXT
Chulalongkorn University (THAILAND)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The main purpose of this study was to determine Thai student teachers’ perceptions concerning a new internationalization course, Environment for Health. The perceptions regarded to the internationalization content, teaching content through English language method, and evaluation process. A total of 31 undergraduate students studying in Health and Physical Education participated in the study. A questionnaire including open-ended items was used for data collection after the participants studying in this course for three units (10 weeks). The finding showed that the course content should be contained as international perspective, the need of improving English and preferred to have Thai-English bilingual instruction in order to reduce their anxiety of using English. The learning process and evaluation guided the instructor to focusing on relating to experiential learning styles and group working activities.
Although carried with a small sample size, this study is expected to establish a firm basis for the future studies to develop new international courses for undergraduate student teachers in Health and Physical Education Division, Faculty of Education in Thai context.
The ASEAN unification policy among the community members has been affected by the educational planning in Thailand as to prepare the learners to use English as the ASEAN official language as well as providing international courses for all ASEAN exchange students.
Keywords: Student teachers, perception, internationalization course, Environment for Health course, Health and Physical Education, teaching content through English language.