Course in Environmental Education was developed in Jordanhill
by the Overseas Unit directed by Jim Dunlop. Over 16 years students
ranging in diversity from university professors from Thailand
to game wardens in Botswana attended. This was always a fascinating
course to teach because of the breadth of background, interest,
and experience of the participants.
Storyline proved to be a popular element in the environmental
programme and has been adapted by health educators in Nepal, WWF
officers in Pakistan, environmental workers in Brazil, Slovakia,
Goa, Sri Lanka, Greece and Thailand. It has also played a significant
part in teacher training courses in Botswana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
invitation to Thailand, in June 1998, from alumni of this Jordanhill
course resulted in the presentation of three workshops. The general
theme was the application of the Storyline Approach in Environmental
Studies. The first course was for three days with fifty people
and was held in Chulalongkorn University at the invitation of
the Division of Academic Affairs in co-operation with the Centre
for Environmental and Global Education (CEGE) in the Faculty of
Education. The visit was supported by a travel grant from the
British Council. Following from this were two one-day courses
- the first in Chulalongkorn University with fifty participants
who were either final year students or first year teachers and
the second with 150 teachers in the Institute of Education in
One of the
former students of the certificate course Dr Orathai Moolkum is
now the co-director of the Dawn Project. This is a national organisation
which is training 23,000 teachers in using Storyline to educate
about environmental concerns. The project is designed to last
four years and Orathai and her husband Dr Suwit Moolkum, director
of education for Phuket, have written a supportive teachers' book
called Child Centred - Storyline Method.
Dawn Project, whose co-director Orathai Moolkum presented at the
Aalborg International Storyline Conference in November last year,
was completed in April with five seminars and "The Dawn Fairs"
in five different areas of Thailand. The main objective was to
present to the public how to raise awareness of environmental
education in schools and communities for sustainable development.
thought it was successful because more than 50,000 teachers, students,
NGOs and people participated in these seminars/fairs. From now
this project will be integrated in the action plan of the Ministry
Method Book 2 has been published in July. It contains more details
about how to teach storyline in elementary and lower secondary
level, how to integrate curriculum & instruction, some examples
of teaching plan, and reports on two action researches of storyline
in secondary school in 2000.
NEWSArticles- latest at the top
Courses in Thailand
In view of recent tragic events in South East Asia it is with mixed
feelings that our Storyline visit to Thailand is recorded.
Following the very successful Storyline course tour to Scotland organised
by Noppadon Hor Thong of the Institute of Education Resource Materials,
Bangkok, in October 2003, Sallie Harkness and Steve Bell were invited
by Mr Noppadon to present four courses in Thailand from 4th to 12th
first course was held in Chiang Mai in the northern highlands of Thailand.
This course was organised by the Committee of the Private Sector and
was on offer to teachers working in the many private schools in this
area. Excellent accommodation for the course was provided in Dara Academy,
a co-educational Christian school which has some 6,000 pupils. One hundred
teachers attended and great support was provided by Dr Ratsamee Dangsuwon,
Director of Dara Academy, and her staff. Several teachers from the school
had been on the Glasgow visit. The topic for this course was 'Families
in the Community' which was well received by the many participants.
The Scottish tutors were extremely grateful for the warm welcome and
rich hospitality provided by their hosts.
second course was held at the Phuket Rajabhat University Campus on the
8th & 9th December. Here the organisers were three of the university
staff who also had visited Glasgow in 2003. This very successful course,
which featured the topic 'New Neighbours', was attended by 80 teachers
and 40 student participants. It was based on the island which, three
weeks later was devastated by the tsunami. Our hearts go out to the
organisers and participants who have suffered loss, injury or death
in this terrible tragedy. Phuket is the most beautiful of islands and
the tutors were once again extremely fortunate to have been introduced
to its amazing environment by very generous hosts.
the return to Bangkok two more courses were presented.
The first was held at the Rajabhat University Chandarakasem Campus and
was organised by Ms Patchara Poomacharti (pictured below in gold suit).
The delegates were students at the university and staff from the Demonstration
School of which Patchara is the Assistant Principal. As this course
was aimed at early education the topic of 'Families in the Community'
was selected once again.
was also responsible for directing the final course which was based
at the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok and was open to a wide variety of
participants including professors and lecturers from the medical faculty
of the university. Also attending were a group of lecturers in teacher
training from Laos.. A very special introduction in support of Storyline
was given by Prof. Dr Somwung Pitiyanuwat, Director of the Office for
National Educational Standards and Quality Assessment. The topic used
was 'Capital Tours' which had been specially adapted for use in South
Sincere thanks must be accorded to the interpreters at each of these
courses - Mr Phiphat of Montfort Academy in Chiang Mai, Ms Ratana Narupatr
in Phuket and Dr Walai Panich in Bangkok. Thanks also are due to the
many technical and student helpers who gave support at the different
and Steve are particularly grateful to Mr Noppadon Hor Thong who managed
their entire visit with great kindness and efficiency.
Note: Please click on the photographs above to go to the photo galleries.
for Thailand A
translation of the Local Radio Station book into the Thai language has
been published by Chulalongkorn University Press ISBN 974-13-3327-7
to coincide with the recent visit of Storyline Scotland tutors to Bangkok.
The publication was organised by Mr Noppadon Hor-Thong, Director of
the Institute for Education Resources Development and the text was translated
by Assoc. Prof. Walai Panich of Chulalongkorn University who also added
some chapters to link the text with her own experience of Storyline
and to the work of her students in topic planning.
visit Strathclyde University for a Storyline Course and Study Tour Sallie
Harkness, a Storyline consultant, recently designed and organised a
one-week course visit to Glasgow for 29 teachers from Thailand. The
group was led by Mr Noppadon Hor-Thong of the The Institute for Educational
Resources Development in Thailand with Dr. Suchinda Kajornrungsilp acting
as interpreter. Several members of the Primary Education Department
of the Faculty of Education of Strathclyde University were involved
as presenters and school visits were made to primary schools in East
Renfrewshire organised by Ian Fraser, Head of Education Services for
East Renfrewshire Council.These proved to be extremely useful and popular
with the group. The photograph shows from left to right Dr Suchinda,
Sallie Harkness, Graham White (Head of Primary Education), Mr Noppadon
and Steve Bell at the presentation of certificates to those attending.
Instructional Model One
of the helpers on the STANIL courses was Asst. Prof. Chanathip Pornkul
of the Faculty of Education of the Rajabhat Institute Suan Dusit. She
has written a book on a strategy she has called CATS -knowledge Construction,
knowledge Application, Thinking process, Story-based learning. In 1998,
the CATS model was developed and first implemented in a classroom at
Suan Dusit. " The result of the implementation for one semester
showed that the teacher students could think critically and plan their
lessons using the student-centred approach correctly."
Article 10 April 2002 by Wipawee Otaganonta
Storyline Association formed in Thailand
Storyline Thailand Action Network for Integrating Learning
(STANIL) has recently been formed by a group of Storyline enthusiasts
from Chulalongkorn University. The president of this new group is Assoc.
Professor Lawan Wityawudhikul and the Secretary, Mr Wanchai Chungwiboonsatid.
Lawan was one of several Thai educators to take the Certificate in Environmental
Education course at the Jordanhill Campus of Strathclyde University.
Since her experience in Glasgow she has been enthusiastic about the
possibilities to introduce Storyline as a strategy for integration in
the school curriculum in Thailand. She and her colleagues organised
three two-day workshop courses during the first week in February. Each
course attracted around 150 participants. The courses ran amazingly
smoothly mainly because of the efficient support of several interpreters
and of a team of enthusiastic helpers.
Educational Review from Bangkok, Thailand
The CHULALONGKORN EDUCATIONAL REVIEW is the official journal of the
Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, founded in 1994 to advance
knowledge and teaching in education. The Journal is published two times
in the year, in January and in July. The editor is DR Chawalert Lertchalolarn.
For this edition on the theme of Environmental Studies the guest editor
is Associate Professor Walai Panich who is the Director of the Centre
for Environmental Education in Chulalongkorn University. Two of the
papers relate to Storyline - Using Storyline for Environmental Studies
by Steve Bell and Storyline Topics in Environmental Education - a Case
of Thailand by Walai Panich. ISSN 0858-7574