The Buddhist Integrated Learning Model for Primary Students

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Taunjai Suksai

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This research is the qualitative research. The data were collected from the Tipiṭaka, and related academic textbooks. Field work was also conducted by interviews, observations and data recording at the targeted schools. Then, the Buddhist integrated learning model for Thai primary students have been synthesized, and presented by focus group to verify the validity and appropriateness of model. From the study, it can be found that: the Buddhist integrated learning model for Thai primary students lies in these schools: School for Theravada Buddhist way of life, School for honorable way, School for moral way, School for international goodness, School for restoration of world moral, School for five precepts observing, School for Mahayana Buddhist way of life and Buddhist alternative School. For the Buddhist integrated learning model for Thai primary students appropriate to the context of Thai society, it is the highlight of each model to be synthesized as a new model. It is a form of learning that can be integrated with subject groups of learning in the Basic Education Curriculum B.E. 2551. Activities for practicing both in the classroom and outside the classroom have been carried out. Those activities focus on thinking skills of the Four Noble Truths through moral projects, meditating for 5 – 10 minutes before studying, observing the five precepts and taking Brahmavihāra (holy abidings). This is the basis of coexistence with intelligence, resulting in “Governing Oneself, Governing People and Governing Work”. Therefore, the relationship with life, nature and environment is conducted significantly.

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