The Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), in collaboration with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), Ministry of Education, Bangkok, Thailand, is conducting a one week In-Country Program on Enhancing Pedagogy Skills for Teachers from 21 to 25 March, 2011, at the Chetupon Commercial College, Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty educators from various TVET schools in Thailand are participating in the program to improve their teaching methods and strategies by acquiring knowledge and skills on using the latest multimedia tools and resources.
The program commenced with an inaugural ceremony graced by the chief guest, Mr. Phansak Rojanakat, Deputy Secretary-General, OVEC, together with the Director of Chetupon Commercial College, Mr. Boonsong Champaphoti. Mr. Rojanakat highlighted the benefits of the program in contributing to the skills enhancement of the teachers on creatively utilizing technology and its application in teaching as well as building their academic leadership. Similarly, the Director of Chetupon Commercial College stressed the value of teacher training to improve the quality of teaching in TVET schools in Thailand. Directors and other officials of OVEC also graced the inauguration.
Representing CPSC was Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., CPSC Faculty Consultant as Program Coordinator and Chief Resource Person. In his opening remarks, he emphasized that with the advent of the knowledge era, teacher education needs to prepare teachers to face the changing technological contexts and to model pedagogies and tools for better forms of learning.
The program was designed to provide participants with valuable inputs on various aspects of enhancing pedagogical skills. After the program the participants are expected to be able to: appreciate the new perspectives for teacher education in TVET; comprehend pedagogical principles of teaching and learning; diverse instructional strategies and understand the value of digital media resources for enhancing the instructional effectiveness in TVET; and deliver instructional session with different digital media through micro-teaching practice.
In his special lecture Prof. Khambayat, shared new perspectives for teacher education in TVET followed by a theme paper presentation on pedagogical principles of teaching-learning trailed by how to enhance teaching and learning using digital media. A series of hands-on activities and computer sessions throughout the week will be undertaken and the participants are expected to develop instructional resources for the delivery of an effective instructional session.
Prof. Khambayat coordinated the program together with Ms. Maturode Sumranpon, OVEC’s Chief of External Relations Section, who acted as Local Coordinator.