Date of Award

11-1996

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Mark Bailey

Abstract

Different perspectives on early childhood education exist throughout the world. I was interested in a comparison of Thai and American kindergartens. In .this thesis I explore the differences and similarities between Thai and American kindergartens from the standpoint of the structure, the format, and the programs they offer. My specific interest was on how the differences between these cultures would be manifest in educational differences between the kindergartens. I found that indeed there were not only differences, but also many similarities in the educational systems. This thesis helped to unveil many beneficial aspects of both school systems that will grow and develop the early childhood education in both countries.

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