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Development of area-based learning innovation through miang culture to promote green citizenship for social studies teachers in the Upper Northern Thailand

Charin Mangkhang*1 and Grit Piriyatachagul1

1Faculty of Education,Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: piriyatachagul.g(at)

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 Received: October 28, 2019  Accepted: December 27, 2019  Published: January 9, 2020


The purpose of this study was to examine the area-based learning management and also demonstrate the innovation model of area-based learning management, to promote green citizenship in upper northern Thailand. The qualitative research methodology was applied with data collection from an in-depth interview and focus-group discussion in which the researcher integrated past experiences gained from working in social studies and field trip with learning activities to design those activities by mainly emphasizing learners to shift their conception under the educational paradigm together with the significant target of promoting green citizenship. The research findings reveal that using Miang, a native plant of communities in the upper northern Thailand, as an activity-based learning together with empowerment of people familiar with the context of Miang culture in their own communities shall lead to a sustainable learning. This captioned paradigm focused on the participatory learning process in which learners could create their knowledge with the area-based learning instrument through 4 units of Miang culture activity-based learning to bring about the “creative learning innovation” as the pedagogical teaching knowledge for future development of global people.

Area-based learning innovation, Miang culture, green citizenship, social studies.

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