Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

Application of total quality management system in Thai primary schools

Setthiya Prueangphitchayathon1
  • Setthiya Prueangphitchayathon1
  • 1Educational Administration and Development Mahasarakham University, Thailand.
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Kowat Tesaputa1
  • Kowat Tesaputa1
  • 1Educational Administration and Development Mahasarakham University, Thailand.
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Kanokorn Somprach2
  • Kanokorn Somprach2
  • 2Faculty of Educational Khon Kaen University, Thailand
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  •  Received: 16 March 2015
  •  Accepted: 02 June 2015
  •  Published: 10 June 2015


The present study seeks to develop a total quality management (TQM) system that can be applied to primary schools. The approach focuses on customer orientation, total involvement of all constituencies and continuous improvement. TQM principles were studied and synthesized according to case studies of the best practices in 3 primary schools (small, medium, and large) I Inputs were defined as) organizational leadership and organizational resources. Processes were defined as existing in five subsystems, strategic planning, student and stakeholder focus, knowledge management and measurement, staff focus, and process management. Output consisted of education towards excellence and improved performance of the students as the result of the work of subsystems. The application of TQM to improve quality of education in the school system provides a high quality gradient focusing on improvement in student performance in terms of academic achievement, key competencies and scores on achievement tests in reading, critical thinking and writing

Key words: Total quality management, school system, primary, application.