Education for the Production of Docile Subjecthood: Implications of Civic Education Subject in Thai Schools

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ศิวัช ศรีโภคางกุล

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The article applies the concepts of “traditional education” from John Dewey, “banking education” from Paolo Freire to study the content of the civic education subject which is taught in Thai schools, both primary and secondary schools, based on the 2008 national core curriculum for the subjects of social studies, religion and culture. The author uses many sources such as teachers’ manuals, books, textbooks, lesson plans, exercise papers, exercises in school books, examination questions, teaching activities and instruction media. The main argument is that the content of the civic education subject has actively “ordered and imposed” and “desired” Thai citizen to be equal only as “docile subject under the democratic regime of the government with the King as Head of State.” As a result, these processes undermined the formation of ideal citizen and democratization in Thai society.

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ศรีโภคางกุลศ. (2020). Education for the Production of Docile Subjecthood: Implications of Civic Education Subject in Thai Schools. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 6(1), 28-59. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/HRPS/article/view/240807
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