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From the Panel Discussion "Dusting off Local Wisdom - Finding the Origin of Chiang Rak Noi" To the "3-3-9 Creative Space Project ... Cycling for Preservation, Sharing Knowkedge"
This article is part of the program of the social academic service and art and culture maintenance of the School of Communication Arts, Bangkok university. The objectives are 1) to study the context and local wisdom of the people in Chiang Rak Noi sub-district, Sam Khok district, Pathum Thani province; 2) to study communication processes and its effect of the community engagement activities through the social academic service of Bangkok University. The mixed research methodologies including quantitative and qualitative methods are used in this study. The lessons obtained from the study will be used in the future.
The study finds that the context of Chiang Rak Noi community is a combination of Thai and Mon people. each group has its own local wisdom: costumes, ways of life, traditions, cultures, food, and religions. Depending on circumstances of each village, its people make a living through agriculture, trade, labor, or in an industrial factory. In addition, the students in this project have an opportunity to see and experience new things in different dimensions. Those include, for example, tradition and culture, religion, community economy, ways of living together in community. The data base of the contexts of this community comes from four working processes including studying, preparing, executing, and evaluating. The activities within the processes are ice-breaking, mind mapping, and seminar. The information gained from these activities leads to the “3-3-9 Creative Space Project … Cycling for Preservation, Sharing knowledge.” The evaluation has been made among the students and the community members who participated in the project. Research-based activities allowed the students to think and act through real activities and projects. Teachers are able to integrate the knowledge gained from this project to produce research, academic and creative work. The community and students are both developed through the project which is consistent with the commitment and identity of Bangkok University.
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