Researcher Links Workshop

Implementation and Challenges of Multicultural Education:
What can Thailand Learn from the Experiences of the UK?

Call for Participants

Workshop Title: Implementation and Challenges of Multicultural Education: What can Thailand Learn from the Experiences of the UK?

Thailand Coordinator: Dr.Thithimadee Arphattananon, Mahidol University

UK Coordinator: Dr.Richard Race, University of Roehampton

Dates and venue: 5-8 June 2018, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakon Pathom

Today, we live in the world of diversity. School is a place where such diversity is manifested. Schools around the world enroll students who come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, either as new immigrants or the long-term residence. Amidst such diversity "multicultural education" is significant. Although the origin, the impetus and challenges faced by Thailand and UK in implementing multicultural education are different, the sharing of knowledge by scholars from both countries will contribute to advancement and improvement of providing education for students from diverse cultures.

Under the Researcher Links workshop grant offered by the Newton Fund, the British Council and Thailand Research Fund, we are inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Thailand to attend the workshop, "Implementation and Challenges of Multicultural Education: What can Thailand learn from the Experiences of the UK?". The workshop aims to bring together scholars who work in the field of multicultural education from UK and Thailand to share their knowledge and research expertise to advance research in the field of multicultural education. The workshop also aims to foster the international research collaboration and networks among participants.

During the 4-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with peers and workshop mentors. The first two day of the workshop will be keynote addresses and oral presentation of research by participants. On the 3rd day of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to visit schools where children of transnational migrants enroll. The 4th day of the workshop is dedicated for participants to network and plan for future collaboration. Funding opportunities will be introduced on this day.

Workshop mentoring will be provided by:
Professor Stephen J. McKinney, Glasgow University
Professor Shirley Steinburg, Sterling University
Professor Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology
Associate Professor Dr.Nongyao Nawarat, Chiang Mai University

The target participants of this workshop will be Early Career Researchers (those who obtained their PhD less than 10 years) from UK and Thailand whose works focus on the following issues of multicultural education.

  1. Government and schools policies regarding multicultural education
  2. Curriculum and instruction methods
  3. Teacher training
  4. Language diversity and education
  5. Education of migrant children
  6. Citizenship education
  7. Social justice education
  8. Other issues relating to multicultural education

International Travel cost for UK participants, domestic travel for Thai participants who travel from other provinces, accommodation and meals will be covered by the workshop granters. Travel insurance and medical insurance will not be covered.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applications must be submitted using the attached application form before the deadline
  2. Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD and having up to 10 year post-PhD research experience
  3. Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship) at a recognized research institutions either in the UK or in Thailand
  4. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Assessment Criteria

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Research experience and the relevance of their research area to the workshop theme
  2. The intention and plan to build a research network with other workshop participants
  3. Motivation and contribution to the objectives of the workshop
  4. Ability to disseminate workshop outcomes

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2018

Notification of results: 15 May 2018

Please download and submit the application form along with your curriculum vitae to:
Dr.Thithimadee Arphattananon at thithimadee@yahoo.com (for Thai participants)
and Dr. Richard Race at r.race@roehampton.ac.uk (for UK participants)

Application Form please