ISSP [2009] : Promoting Active Teaching Methods in Rural Thailand: A Case Study on Science Laboratory Activities

The aim of this project, sponsored by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s projects, was to help teachers in Sakon Nakhon increase science literacy. Many schools in the rural areas of Thailand rely on science education that does not include science experiments. We collaborated with local teachers to implement, refine, and evaluate three science experiments in two schools in SN.Results suggested that these experiments and related short activities increased student engagement in class and often fostered learning of science concepts. We recommend that experiments be further researched and distributed, and teachers receive professional development in order to further develop science literacy.