Participatory Action Research in Promoting Safe Bike to School

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Pondej Chaowarat
Suphathida Sawangchaeng
Methee Piriyakarnnon


The research aims to explore the principals of Participatory Action Research in cycling promotion, including the PAR process, and evaluate its effectiveness. Kalasin municipality was selected to be a study area. The target group was primary school pupils from five local schools. The research employed multiple methods including a documentation, a site survey, a questionnaire and a focus group. This study had been preceded from April – December 2015. It found that PAR was a kind of knowledge accumulation, combining social and pedagogic sciences, together with action learning. This PAR research consisted of 7 steps including 1) an introduction and interview with the mayor and relevant actors, 2) a questionnaire with pupils, 3) Creative Cycling Promotion Project, 4) a meeting with the municipality’s leaders, 5) a cycling committee meeting, 6) Healthy Pupils Cycling Project, and 7) a meeting with Thai Cycling Club. As a results, the actions initiated from this PAR were the Creative Vacation Project, the committee meeting, the Healthy Pupils Cycling Project, Cycling Community Project, Cycling Family Project, and Local Cycling Personal Training.


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