The research objective was to study 1) the situation and readiness of the Thai
education for the integration of nanotechnology and 2) to propose the plans, the
strategies and guidelines for educational reform to adapt nanotechnology to the
system. The data collection was done by 4 methods: 1) documentary study, 2)
observation, 3) informal interviews, and 4) group discussion. The findings revealed
1. William Wresch's Theory (1997) was used in this research to study of the situation
and readiness of the Thai education for the integration of nanotechnology.
1) Getting connected to nanotechnology by search engine websites, libraries,
magazines, books, and discussions with experts.
2) Curriculum integration: nanotechnology should be integrated in many
branches of engineering, such as industrial, computer, civil, chemical,
electrical, mechanical, etc.
3) Resources for educators: nanotechnology knowledge should be spread in
academic circles by publications and the Internet websites.
4) Training and professional resources for teachers: Teachers should be trained
by experts in nanotechnology and researchers from the National
Nanotechnology Center. This will help trainees get correct knowledge,
comprehension, and awareness in order to apply to their professions and
businesses in the future.
2. As for the plans, the strategies, and guidelines for educational reform to adapt
nanotechnology to the present system, I analyzed the world nanotechnology situation
that might have an effect on Thai society. The study is based on the National Plan to
Develop Nanotechnology. The goal of this plan is to develop nanotechnology to be
the national strategy within 10 years (2004-2013) and have it integrated into the Thai
system. There are 4 parts in this plan: 1) nanomaterials, 2) nanoelectronics, 3)
nanobiotechnology, and 4) human resources development. Data for human resource
development should be worked with the present technology and use the country's
resources to produce many products of nanotechnology, such as 1) handicrafts,
decorations, and gifts, 2) agricultural products and food, 3) beverages, such as
alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks, and 5) textiles.