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that accommodated with Thai society context had objectives to: 1) Study the needs and expectations of the upper secondary level students in Integrated Islamic Studies school, the Zanawi students (the students in pre-undergraduate Islamic school), and undergraduate students in Rangsit University towards the present of Islamic studies programs in higher education. 2) Compare the needs and expectations of the upper secondary level students in Integrated Islamic Studies school and the Zanawi students. 3) Develop a model of Islamic studies in Thai higher education level. And 4) Develop an Islamic studies curriculum that accommodated with the Thai social context. The study was based on total 945 samples that consisted high school students, Zanawi students, Rangsit University students, and resource persons. The methodologies were questionnaires and group discussion interview. The data and statistical analysis were percentage, mean, and standard deviation.
The results showed that:
1) The sample group had a high average level of requirements in various sciences that should be included in the Islamic Studies curriculum (=3.85). In detail, the Halal Management Science had the highest average (=4.04) followed by Arabic language (=3.78). The Islamic studies had the lowest average (=3.75).
2) The expectation level of the Islamic studies curriculum was high (=4.20) The expectation toward the quality of Staff and faculty had the highest average (=4.35) followed by the desirable graduate characteristics (=4.22). The expectations for curriculum and learning management had the lowest mean (=3.91).
3) The model of Islamic studies had following components: (1) Goal Setting (2) Fundamental and Requirements Analysis (3) Content Setting (4) Learning Experience (5) Teaching Method (6) Media and Facility Support and (7) Evaluation.
4) Islamic studies curriculum in Higher Education Institutions that accommodated with the Thai social context consists of 135 credits, emphasizing Halal Management Science, Arabic Language and Islamic Studies.