Happiness Index in The Basic Education School

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Suwareesiri Poopieumsinth Nopadol Chenaksara

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The purposes of this research were to find the components, the practice, and the confirmation of the practice of happiness index in the basic education school. The samples were 114 primary schools. The respondents were directors, teachers, and school boards with the total of 342 respondents. The data were collected by using the semi-structured interview and questionnaire, and analyzed using percentage, arithmetic mean, standard deviation, exploratory factor analysis, and content analysis. Ten components of happiness index in the basic education school were found from the exploratory factor analysis. A focus group discussion with 8 experts were used to find the practice of happiness index in the basic education school, which was later confirmed by 5 experts. According to the findings, there are 10 components of happiness index in the basic education school namely: 1) mental and physical 2) morale 3) salaries and compensations 4) pride in the teaching profession 5) cooperation of parents and community 6) school benefits 7) positive thinking 8) management policies 9) quality of life and family, and 10) safety of life and property. Moreover, the practice of happiness index in the basic education school had 42 alternatives, and the experts confirmed that the practice of happiness index in the basic education school were of accuracy, propriety, feasibility, and utility standards.

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