A study of guidelines for developing a Web information system for art teachers in Thailand

Ampai Tiranasar, Intira Phrompan, Nattakarn Anantrawan, Sarita Juaseekoon and Nuttida Pujeeb
Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

This research aims to study the development of a Web information system for applying in art teachers’ professional development. The objectives were to study: (1) the current state of art education Web information systems and the need to use an online database for art teachers; and (2) guidelines for developing a Web information system for these teachers in Thailand. The analysis was based on the views of five experts in the fields of art education, education, and Web information systems, and a sample of 70 teachers and students in related fields of art education who attended a focus group in ways they chose. The research instruments were a structured interview form for retrieving the opinions of experts in the field in the focus groups. The views of experts and the focus group participants were recorded during the group discussion. The data were analysed by content analysis, dividing the data into different types (categories) and then summarizing the key issues.

The results of this research were as follows:

1 Most experts and focus group participants commented that Web information for art teachers in Thailand should be through a professional learning communitiy, open to students, teachers, and the general public who are interested in becoming members of the network.
2 Thailand’s art teachers’ professional associations should be a mainstay in developing the Web information, and should create incentives for its members by organizing contests and linking to the database of knowledge related to cultural Thailand.
3 The universities were responsible for creating the best practice, a basic model for teachers in their practical application.

The composition of the Web information system for teachers in Thailand should include: theory of art; knowledge about art; teaching methodologies; art education and integration; art education and special education; research methodology in art education; links to other websites; and activities for members.