Teaching social science research methods in a Thai university: Presentation by Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Cardiff University

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Supachai Chuenjitwongsa (Cardiff University) talks about his experiences of teaching and assessing research methods during his time as a lecturer in Thailand. This presentation was part of the …

Supachai Chuenjitwongsa (Cardiff University) talks about his experiences of teaching and assessing research methods during his time as a lecturer in Thailand. This presentation was part of the HEA-funded project “Innovation in the Assessment of Social Science Research Methods in UK HEIs”. The project was led by Luke Sloan, Cardiff University.

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  • 1. Supachai Chuenjitwongsa Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Teaching Social Sciences Research Methods (SSRM) in a Thai University
  • 2. Overview Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd • UG curriculum in Thailand • Ideal Graduates III course • Teaching and Learning • Assessment • Feedback
  • 3. UG Curriculum in Thailand 1/4 of the curriculum Students from different schools Life skills / General knowledge SSRM General Education Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Professional Education 3/4 or 5/6 of the curriculum Professional competences Students from the same school
  • 4. Ideal Graduates III Course Ideal Graduates III Students (n=30)  Engineering  Sciences  Dentistry  Journalism  Politics  Business Critical Thinking Creative Thinking General Education Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Ethics
  • 5. Course Content 1. Interdisciplinary Concept 2. Critical Thinking 3. Creative Thinking 4. Research Project 5. Lifelong Learning 6. Interpersonal skills 7. Ethics Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd 1. World of Knowledge 2. Positivism/Post-positivism 3. Interpretivism 4. Research Methodology 5. Reflection/SDL 6. Dissemination 7. Ethics What I taught What did they mean
  • 6. Teaching and Learning (15 weeks) • 60% Project Work Interview Project Small-scale Research • 30% Classroom-based Small Group Lecture • 10% Field Work Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 7. Examples of T/L sessions 1. World of Knowledge  Discuss MVs from several famous bands 2. Positivism/Post-positivism  Critical appraisal of TV adverts 3. Interpretivism  Group activity: Create a/an … (abstract noun) and explain “WHY” do you make it like that 4. Research Methodology  Group discussion: If you wanted to know … how could you understand it/them? And by what tool(s)? Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 8. Assessment • 20% Shared activities (Ideal Grad 1-5) • 80% Ideal Grad 3 • 10% Interview Project • 30% Small-scale Research Project  10% Report  20% Presentation • 20% Final Exam (Essay) • 20% Reflection Sheet Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 9. Assessment Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Miller’s Pyramid
  • 10. Setting Assessment Methods Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Outcome Level Method Interdisciplinary Knows How Project/Essay Critical/Creative Thinking Knows How Project/Essay Communication Shows Project Behaviour (classroom) SDL Shows Project Ethics Shows Project Behaviour (classroom) Field Work
  • 11. Assessment Rubric Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Score Understand of the problem Understand of principles / methods Result / Interpretation Communication skills 5 4 3 2 1
  • 12. Example of the projects • Improving environment around the main university cafeteria • Information about health service in the university (a leaflet) • Customer satisfaction of the coach running between 2 main university campus • Do(s) and Don’t(s) for using the student union building Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 13. Course Evaluation • The highest “course satisfaction score” amongst all Ideal Grad courses • Students were highly satisfied with the application of:  Critical appraisal skills  Different types of knowledge and truth  Research design, analysis, interpretation and dissemination  Interpersonal skills Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 14. Feedback from students “This course helped me a lot for better understanding the SSRM course taught in my own school.” (Y3 Politics) “I know how to apply basic research skills in my everyday life.” (Y1 Sciences) “I got a job. During the interview I used many skills I gained from this course.” (Y4 Business) Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 15. Conclusion (My experience) • SSRM can be taught in different academic environments (e.g. professional courses, general education courses) • Teaching and Learning SSRM  How to apply research skills in everyday life  How to understand the world of research  Use different T/L methods to support student learning • Assessment  At which level that students need to achieve?  Use different assessment methods  Assess on what you teach and what they need to learn Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • 16. Input OutputOutcome Support From AMEE Guide No. 14 Part 1
  • 17. Thank you for your attention Diolch am eich sylw Supachai Chuenjitwongsa, Ysgol Ddeintyddiaeth, Prifysgol Caerdydd Acknowledgement Thank you to my TA: Dr.Ravee Sajjasophon