PhD Degree Confirmation after Dissemination

Another surprise invitation was to Thailand. I forwarded the email invitation to our son, who, in turn, sent it to someone to make sure that this invitation is real and not spam. I was notified that this is a genuine call from Thailand.

Dear Jazlin,

My name is Jirarat, Assistant Dean for Academic and International Affairs. I email you about our visiting research scholarship at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, which is in the top ten universities of Thailand. This grant allows a research collaboration for 3 months, in the field of educational technology, and covers the return flight ticket (economy class), accommodation (5,000 baht/month), and an allowance (50,000 baht/ month).

Qualifications: candidates should have published at least 3 papers in the last 3years and, in total, should have published more than 10 papers in renowned journals listed in the ISI database (as a correspondent author).

If you are interested in visiting us at King Mongkut’s Institute for

3 months sometime this year, please don’t hesitate to let me know, preferably as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Jirarat Sitthiworachart, PhD

Faculty of Industrial Education

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

1 Soi Chalongkrung 1, Ladkrabang, Bangkok

THAILAND 10520

Tel: +66 2329 8000 Ext. 6060

Fax:+66 2320 4511

Dear Jazlin,

This invitation is for the period of 3 months. During this period, you will engage in the following activities:

  • • lecture class(es) related to your research interest
  • • researcher work with King Mongkut’s Instituter of Technology Ladkrabange (KMITL) researcher and lead to at least one ISI paper publication
  • • researcher mentor
  • • manuscript editor/reviewer
  • • modulator and commentator of graduate seminar
  • • invited speaker or trainer in a specific workshop or public seminar

By the way, we would like to invite you to be a keynote speaker at our international conference on Developing Real-Life Learning Experiences: Smart Education for Sustainable Development (the previous year link http://161.246.14.28/DRLE2016/) which will be held on 16th June of this year.

If you agree, please forward your bibliography, to place on our website, and some brief information on the topic about which you would present.

Thank you very much for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.

My work with Ji, her colleagues, and the graduate students were highly productive. Very soon, I learned that a PhD is conferred only when the candidates meet a condition. That the candidates publish either two articles in high-impact journals or publish one paper and present another paper at a scholarly conference. Thai students find these requirements challenging because of the language barrier.

At the time I went, there was a leadership PhD candidate who was attempting to publish an article in an international journal. She held an administrative post in the school system. She could not graduate until she had published an article in a high-impact scholarly journal. She was desperately seeking help because a journal had refused to accept her paper. She came with a translator to meet with me and begged me to help her get through her PhD. I promised to help her. However, writing the paper was not easy because of the language barrier. Over three months, besides doing other work, as listed above, I was continuously working with this PhD candidate.

We also kept in touch with her committee members to make sure they approve of what she is doing with me because they were co-authors. Unfortunately, the journal we sent the article to did not accept it. However, the journal editor wanted me to be on their editorial board. So, I took the opportunity to convey to them the conditions in which Thai PhD candidates work. Finally, I invited the dean’s wife to help me communicate with the student and what she should be writing in her paper. We sent the article to the original journal she submitted. They sent the paper for review. The student thought the paper was accepted and conveyed a wrong message to the committee members. I intervened in the misinformation. I mentioned to the dean that the paper has not been accepted. I also wrote to the editor that we need to help her, and we are willing to make necessary revisions. To our satisfaction, the reviewers had recommended the paper. I requested the editor to send her a note stating that the article was accepted and will be published in a specific volume and issue of the journal. Soon the letter was submitted to the university. It was just in time of her deadline to complete her PhD. It was also the convocation. What a relief! She is a Catholic and heavily relied on prayer to get over this hurdle.

The dean said my name should be attached to the paper or I would not get credit from the university. As I had mentioned earlier, one requirement was that I help a researcher publish at least one article. The outcome of our persistent work was the following article:

Booranakit, N., Tungkunanan, P., Suntrayuth D., & Ebenezer, J. (2018). Good governance of Thai local educational management, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 18(1), 62-77.

I also helped other PhD students to write. I also helped Ji with her papers on hybrid technology and one on phenomenography of architecture students’ conceptions of technology use. Both papers were not in-depth enough. To publish articles in scholarly journals, particularly on technology, it is imperative that we submit articles on how we use technology with students and the effect technology has on students’ learning, instead of mere conceptions. In my opinion, what the faculty of education needs is to establish a research group and a person who can articulate the content in English and edit the work. The faculty members should also be active researchers and be able to guide students toward in-depth research for potential publication. The development of an educational model based on document analysis alone is not sufficient for PhD study.

 
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