Challenging beliefs in teacher development: potential influences of Theravada Buddhism upon Thais learning English

| September 30, 2003
Title
Challenging beliefs in teacher development: potential influences of Theravada Buddhism upon Thais learning English

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Authors
John Adamson, Ed.D.

Abstract
This study has investigated the potential influences of Theravada Buddhism as practised in Thailand on the learning behaviour of Thai students studying English. It is a study which puts forward a proposal for teacher development and, as a model, needs to be challenged by those involved in the teacher development process. The tabulated developmental tools visually show the tentative inter-connections between religion, social behaviour and classroom behaviour, yet intentionally do not define the degree, or intensity, of the relevance between those factors investigated. Such a means towards teacher development has been proposed in order to provoke discussion and challenge beliefs, essential elements in raising teacher awareness about the context in which they teach.

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Category: Quarterly Journal