Creating Active Citizenship through a Project-Based Learning Management Class
AbstractThis research aimed to study the results of using a project-based pedagogy to create active citizenship. The researcher used Principles of Management class with 236 students to conduct this research. The researcher implemented this pedagogy in order to create active citizenship. Students were assigned to work in a team of 10-12 members. Each team had to apply their Management knowledge to develop a community-service project. Their tasks started from initiating the plan until completing the project. There were three project themes for students to choose from: 1) religious 2) educational and 3) environmental supported. The expected outcome “active citizen” in this research referred to people who possess knowledge and ethic and eager to utilize them to improve communities. The knowledge part consisted of knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitude. This part was evaluated by using questionnaire. The results showed a desirable outcome that students gained high level of knowledge (with a degree of 3.85/5.00). The ethic and willingness to contribute to the communities’ part was assessed by reviewing the students’ reports and analysing the results from their selected project themes and their wills to work on the projects. It was found that every team agreed to work on the suggested themes and all of them had put their efforts to complete the projects. The students reflected that besides deeper understanding about the subject, they were grateful to have the opportunities to contribute to the communities. It can be concluded that this project-based management class was effective in creating active citizenship.
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This chapter was published in: Pichayalak Pichayakul , , pages 913-922, 2013.
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