Creative participatory learning activities for quality of life development of ethnic groups in Khlong Lan District, Kamphaeng Phet Province

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Manasanan Namsomboon
Sirina Jitcharat


Quality of life of people including ethnic minority groups plays an important role in country development. Therefore, this study aimed to promote creative participatory learning activities for developing quality of life of ethnic groups in Khlong Lan District, Kamphaeng Phet Province in Thailand. This study was conducted following a research and development method consisting of Phase I-assessing the needs of ethnic groups’ quality of life development, Phase II-creating and developing creative participatory learning activities, and Phase III-evaluating the results of using creative participatory learning activities. Sixty hill tribe people of six ethnic groups: Lisu, Karen, Hmong, Eiam, Lahu and Lua, and government officials were selected as samples for the study. Research tools comprised a structured interview form, a set of participatory learning activities for ethnic groups’ quality of life development, an evaluation form, and a questionnaire. Data were analyzed using Mean and Standard Deviation and modified priority needs index. The result of the needs assessment (Phase I) revealed that the modified priority needs index ranged between 0.12-0.33 and the top three needs and approaches to development were learning, occupation, and social relations; health and hygiene; and natural resources and environment respectively. Phase II resulted in a set of creative participatory learning activities for ethnic groups’ quality of life development, and consisted of ten activities aiming to develop five aspects; health; mind, value and belief; learning, occupation, and social relations; natural resources and environment; and human rights. The results of Phase III showed that the overall evaluation scores after using creative participatory learning activities were at the high level and the overall samples’ satisfaction scores toward creative participatory learning activities for ethnic groups’ quality of life development was also at the highest level.


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