Ying Long is studying a Masters in Educational Administration at Assumption University in Bangkok (2012 – 2014). We talked with her at the end of the semester and here is her account of her achievements:
Please tell us about this last semester, how did you feel it went?
“The courses I took last semester made me realize that I really need these skills in order to help my people. When I worked as a coordinator in a Boarding House for Shan refugee children, I had difficulties managing the staff and children, because I didn’t know the strategies of managing human resources. When I learnt about it in class, I began to understand how to manage and use HRM skills. I also learnt about different kinds of leadership styles and these leadership styles will help me be achieve better results when working in the field. Decision making skills and understanding the importance of communication skills will help me create a better educational environment as well.
I also learnt about curriculum development and implementation. This course made me to understand what defines a curriculum and that there are different approaches to develop a curriculum such as behavioural, managerial, systematic or humanistic approaches. I found new methods of teaching which I will be able to take back to Myanmar and use to improve education management in schools. Moreover, I have learnt the importance of analyzing teaching methods to improve teaching quality. In this course we learnt about researching teaching methods, teaching styles, teaching techniques and reconceptualizing teaching. This has given me a better understanding about what can be done by teachers and has made my motivation to improve our school system stronger.
What did you most like about your study so far? Are there any success stories or achievements that you would like to share with us?
I liked to study every subject that my university provided. Some of my classmates have their own schools in their country and they have a lot of experience and shared with the class. I have learnt a lot from them. When I become an educator I will know what I should include in my plans and what needs to be avoided. The experience from my peers is very valuable for me as I have never learnt from my classmate’s experiences before. By the end of this semester, I realize that I l have learnt a lot already. I am so excited to study my future courses. Also we had a chance to go on school visits and learn how schools are managed in Thailand.
How many students in your class? Where did the students come from? Do you like the way you are taught at your university?
There are between 17 and 27 students depending on the class. I met many friends from different countries and different nationalities. My classmates are from Cambodia, China, India, Iraq, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, The Philippines, Germany, Korea, Timor-Leste, Nigeria and U.S.A. All of my classmate are very friendly and help each other. I also learn a lot of about their cultures and countries. I like the way I learn in this university, because it was really different from how I learnt in Myanmar.
What difficulties and challenges did you face in your study? What kind of assistance would you like from us?
Everything is ok. But I would like to gain more skills and learn about being the administrator of a school. If We women can connect me with some school to do internship, it would be great.
How is your university life apart from study? When I started I was so excited and happy to be at university. I started to feel that the education system in Thailand (especially the international program) is very different from the universities in Myanmar. The way of teaching, the curriculums, the classroom structure and the students’ participation surprised me. In Myanmar, the instructor will teach and students need to listen only. Students can only ask questions when instructor allows. In my university now, the instructor gave us a lot of assignments and presentations. Students have to submit the assignments and do a lot of presentations about the subject we have learned in class. The instructor adds the information that students missed out or did not know how to explain. Doing presentation was my big challenge because I was very nervous to stand in front of people, but I have to make a presentation for every class. Presentations will be added to our grade, so I try my best. Actually I do not feel as nervous to give presentations in class now because have got more experience.”
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