ERIC Number: ED459801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Impact of Internet on Schools of Library and Information Science in Thailand.
This paper looks at how the Internet has impacted library and information science (LIS) schools in Thailand, focusing on how it has been used and changes in the teaching/learning process, curriculum, and programs. Data were collected by questionnaires sent to 146 academic staff in 16 LIS schools, interviews with 16 heads of LIS schools, and curriculum analysis. Results show that LIS schools are keeping up with changes in information and communication technology. Some of them are changing the names of the programs to information studies, information science, and information management. The data also indicate correlation between the program names, the number of courses and credits in information technology and Internet, and information technology support from parent universities. The visions or goals of the schools were found to correlate with information technology and Internet support. The Internet is already used in the LIS curriculum in the teaching/learning process, and its contents are taught as a part of subject content in LIS courses, especially in information service, information resource, and information storage and retrieval areas. However, the use of Internet in the teaching/learning process of academic staff shows significant correlation with their age, knowledge, skill, and experience in using computers and the Internet. Strategies are suggested to ensure that LIS schools in Thailand and other developing countries can continue to meet the challenges posed by increasing use of information technology and the resulting globalization. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Science Education, Information Technology, Internet, Library Schools, Library Science, School Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand