Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                     Pp. 129 -143

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 Using Advance Organizer Model to Influence the Meaningful Learning of New Concepts
ESL Learners in a Collaborative Classroom

Piyawan Sunasuan
Mahidol University International Demonstration School
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Ubonwan Songserm
Faculty of Education, Silpakorn University
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand


Received:  7/18/2021              Accepted:  8/21/2021                       Published: 9/24/2021


This research attempted to study how using an advance organizer model can influence meaningful learning of new concepts for ESL learners in collaborative classrooms. The objectives were 1) to study the effects of using the advance organizer model, and 2) to study the student achievement after using the advance organizer model to compare to the 80 percent criterion. The study sample is purposively limited to 20 students in a class of the Introduction to Skills for Leadership and Management at Mahidol University International Demonstration School, Thailand. Post-test and observation forms were used as research tools. The data were analyzed by content analysis, mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed that 1) The effects occurred in both instructional and nurturant effects. The students engaged effectively in learning and acquiring information. Students discussed and exchanged information using existing knowledge and experiences to connect and explain the ideas to others. The instructional design also meets the steps of the advance organizer model. The teacher designed the tasks of learning follows the three phases of the advance organizer format. 2) The student achievement after using the model to meet the criteria of 80. This study reflects that the model can influence meaningful learning of new concepts and improve academic achievements for ESL learners in collaborative classrooms. However, few researchers have addressed the problem of collaborative learning in large courses. Hence, further study should focus on implementing the model with higher numbers of students to confirm its effectiveness.
Keywords: advance organizer model, collaborative classroom, ESL learners, meaningful learning of new concepts

Cite as: Sunasuan, P., & Songserm, U. (2021). Using Advance Organizer Model to Influence the Meaningful Learning of New Concepts for
ESL Learners in a Collaborative Classroom .  Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 129 -143.


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Received: 7/18/2021
Accepted: 8/21/2021 
Published: 9/24/2021 

Piyawan Sunasuan is a Business Studies teacher at Mahidol University International Demonstration School, Thailand. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Silpakorn University in Thailand majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include instructional design and education for sustainable development.

Assistant Professor Ubonwan Songserm, Ph.D. is a full-time lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, Silpakorn University, Thailand. Her research areas include teaching methodology, model of teaching,  learning theories and processes, and instructional system design.