Maha-Cheewalai-Esarn: An Autonomous Thai University of Life

By Prathurng Hongsranagon.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper describes a teaching and learning community in the northeast of Thailand that encourages local people’s development and management of their knowledge for the benefit of their own and the community’s lifestyle. Maha-Cheewalai-Esarn was rooted in 1992 in Satuek district in Buriram province with the objective to tap the potential of people’s tacit knowledge in the areas of raising livestock, general agricultural practices, and community management, and to combine this local wisdom with up-to-date academic knowledge leading to the production of a new body of knowledge. Through experimentation and peer-assistance, this knowledge was developed and then shared extensively with others in the community via participation in the http://gotoknow.org web blog. The philosophy of the institution is based on civil society, humanity, and a learner-centered approach, and it serves as a teaching and learning site for postgraduate students from the Faculty of Management Science at Ubon Rajathanee University. This interaction and knowledge-sharing between villagers, academics, field experts, and students provides a model of knowledge management with, for, and by the community for mutual development.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, Maha-Cheewalai-Esarn, Satuek District, Buriram, Thailand, Learning Society, Community Web Blog, Sutthinun Prachayapruet, Civil Society, Culture of Humanity, Learner-Centered Approach, Faculty of Management Science, Ubon Rajathanee University

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.39-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.577MB).

Dr. Prathurng Hongsranagon

Lecturer, College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Hongsranagon is currently an Assistant Dean in Academic Affairs, the College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. With her Integrated Sciences Doctoral Degree from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, she pursues her interest in the area of integral community development . Maha-Cheewalai-Esarn is an alliance of the Faculty of Management Science, Ubon Rajathanee University, where she used to lecture the undergraduate students for one calendar year.