Model of Sustainability Enhancement According to the Concepts of Sufficiency Economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand

Authors

  • Kanpetch Saranontawat
  • Tanapol Kortana
  • Bundit Pungnirund

Keywords:

Sufficiency Economy, Learning Center, Thailand, Sustainability Enhancement

Abstract

Sustainability in accordance with the concepts of sufficiency economy contributes to the improvement of quality of life for Thai people from all walks of life. The Sufficiency Economy Learning Center will promote and sustain the application of the concepts of sufficiency economy to the benefit of the individual, community, society, culture, and environment. By adopting these tenets, Thailand will move toward a more stable and prosperous future. The objectives of research were 1) to study the current state of sustainability in accordance with the concepts of sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand; 2) to study the influence of variables on sustainability in accordance with the concepts of sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand; and 3) to develop a model for sustainability according to the concepts of sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand. This study used a mixed method, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. The sample was 460 trainees from 47 of the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centers in Thailand. The sample size was 20 times the number of observational variables. Stratified Simple Random Sampling was used in the study. The study performed data collection with an estimation by questionnaire. To analyze data, the study used the Structural Equation Model (SEM). A survey was used in the qualitative research to collect data. The targets were 20 experts from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand. The findings were as follows: 1) Sustainability according to the concept of sufficiency economy at most level were (in descending order): condition of knowledge, condition of virtue, modesty, and social immunity, with reasonableness at a medium level; 2) Variables affected were learning skills, the knowledge and ability of the experts, the learning process, the learning network, learning potential and learning innovation. These had a positive direct influence on sustainability according to the concepts of sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand at a level above statistical significance of 0.05; 3) The model for sustainability enhancement according to the concepts of the sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand, To developments the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center depended on potential to steadily drive the organization, be stable, and be ready to adapt. This study focused on experts, networks, learning process, innovation, learning skills, and learning potential. To drive this organization, they depended on the new knowledge on sufficiency economy. The findings of qualitative study shown that trainees of the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand were excited at the prospect of learning about online marketing technologies and skills required in the market. Sustainability in constant change is driven by the concepts of sufficiency economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand. Among the recommendations, the findings suggest that the government devise a policy that will enable the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand to better promote learning. Sustainability is a key to thriving in financial hardship and adapting to ever-changing global trends. Trainees will apply sufficiency economy, providing context and connecting it to personal meaning, ensuring that they are equipped for current and future challenges.

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Published

2020-06-28

How to Cite

Saranontawat, K., Kortana, T., & Pungnirund, B. (2020). Model of Sustainability Enhancement According to the Concepts of Sufficiency Economy from the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Thailand. Research and Development Journal Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, 12(1). Retrieved from https://so05.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/irdssru/article/view/243993

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