The Social Movement of Spiritually Engaged Alternative Education in Thailand Agains the Background of Reform and Globalization.

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dc.contributor.advisor Sutton, Margaret en_US
dc.contributor.author Jones, Michael Ernest en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-08T00:02:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-08T21:38:17Z
dc.date.available 2027-02-08T01:02:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-08T00:02:09Z
dc.date.submitted 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/8389
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.) - Indiana University, School of Education, 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract The establishment of alternative education, private foundations, and networks linked to socio-political and spiritual advocacies distinguishes the Thai social movement in this research. This research is a qualitative study that has made use of historical accounts to associate with data gathered from extensive interviews and case studies in order to inquire as to whether alternative education represents an historical spiritual tradition of opposition to reform hegemony, and whether it has had an impact on state reform efforts. Also investigated was whether there are some historical patterns associated with the manner in which the state of Thailand has dealt with the forces of globalization and whether the collective action by informal movements of Thai people also has the same predictable pattern of response to the global. Analysis and comparison of these issues contribute in determining the values associated with people in the alternative education movement and the motives and intentions associated with state-initiated reforms. A further related aspect explored is the degree of "Thai-ness" and the embedded historical pattern of both the alternative education movement and education reform. These inquiries were answered through the collection of data from three different trips to Thailand over a four-year period, the last trip a one-year stay that permitted case studies and observations at three alternative schools, and the interview of a host of participants from home-school parents and students to Ministry of Education staff and officers. In examining the data, a clearer notion of what lies underneath the idea of Buddhist education and spirituality became clearer and how educational reform based on Western ideals and notions has not taken into account Buddhism and culture as education. This illumination brings new insight and also raises a new question as to the difference between social movements in a Buddhist nation such as Thailand and social movements in the West. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en_US
dc.subject Social Movements en_US
dc.subject Thailand en_US
dc.subject Education Decentralization en_US
dc.subject Engaged Buddhism en_US
dc.subject Alternative Education en_US
dc.subject Homeschooling en_US
dc.subject.classification Education, General en_US
dc.subject.classification Anthropology, Cultural en_US
dc.subject.classification Religion, Philosophy of en_US
dc.title The Social Movement of Spiritually Engaged Alternative Education in Thailand Agains the Background of Reform and Globalization. en_US
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en_US

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