Volume No. 12 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 500-507 April-June 2018

 

PROCESS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS IN THE NORTHEAST OF THAILAND

 

Sata Yod, Sripoona Suwaree, Chedgota Pomhom, Ananya Popradit*1 and Phromma Issara2

1. Department of Environmental Education, Collage of Innovative Management, Varaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, KlongLuang, PrathumThani (THAILAN)
2. Department of Environmental Science, KhonKaen University, KhonKaen (THAILAND)

 

Received on : February, 08, 2018

 

ABSTRACT

 

This research was aimed to investigate the process to equip the community learning centers in the Northeast of Thailand with a capability to conduct environmental studies. Three awardwinning community learning centers in the northeast awarded were targeted. The research was based on the mixed-methods research methodology. The participatory discussion was used as a mean for data collection. Two patterns of development were observed in this research. 1) The learning centers’ operation was based on a multilateral collaboration which involved the community, academy and external organizations in making the learning center capable of managing environmental studies. The center also created five environmental learning stations in its community; complex waste management station, sustainable water and soil reservation station, tree bank station, community forest station, and self-sufficiency economy for the environment creation station. 2) Learning management in the community. Base on the selflearning technique, the local people were able to develop their own environment learning. The knowledge obtained from the environmental learning process was transformed into a model which was used as a blueprint for other centers to learn from. In order to ensure successful environmental learning in the center, more learning materials were placed in the community learning center. The center was able to form a team of environmental trainers whose duty was to disseminate knowledge, create positive attitude and behavior toward the preservation of the environment.

 

Keywords : Community learning center, Multi-level development, Self-learning

 

 

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