Journal of Social Sciences

Thai Local Entertainment of Local Community in Mae-Klong River Basin: Knowledge Management for Inheriting Local Culture of Primary School

Saksin Chongdarakul, Songkun Chankajon and Ratchanon Supapongpichait

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2010.439.442

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 6, 2010

Pages 439-442

Abstract

Problem statement: Local entertainment was an activity providing the pleasure, joyfulness and recreation. The objectives of this research were to study: (1) the historical background of cultural factor and body of knowledge in local entertainment, (2) the usefulness in inheriting and problems in Thai Local Entertainment and (3) the knowledge management model of Thai Local Entertainment in Primary School for carrying on the local culture. Approach: The research area: Middle Region Provinces of Thailand including: Kanchanaburi, Rachburi and Samutsongkram Provinces. The informants were selected by Purposive Sampling, 110 persons. The instrument using for collecting data consisted of the Interview Form, the Observation Form, the Focus Group Discussion and Participatory Workshop. Qualitative data were analyzed and presented in descriptive analysis. Results: The findings; (1) the historical background and body of knowledge in Thai Local Entertainment in the research area with ethnic groups: Ka-rieng, Mon, China, Lao, Mienma, Lawa, Ka-mu and Thai. Each group had different local entertainment owing to its culture which wasn’t clear that it started during which reign. But, most of entertainments was related to daily life including: the occupation, celebration, principle if farming, annual festival, tradition relating to life from birth to death and belief in ghost and god. For entertainment, the public space would be used such as the temple, the courtyard of house and the house etc. The aim of entertainment was for recreation after work and entertainment according to one’s belief. As a result, the social hierarchy and unity occurred, (2) Thai Local Entertainment was useful in many dimensions: (1) to understand the surrounded things, (2) to transfer the wisdom, enhance thought, joyfulness, pleasure by using wittiness, (3) to inherit the knowledge among ages, (4) to be a study and sharing of learning and (5) to carry on the social value, (6) the knowledge management model for inheriting Thai Local Entertainment, according to the studies found that there were following issues: (1) the creation of vision, mission, goal, indicator and concept. The local entertainment provided major material, (2) the construction and search for knowledge, (3) the management of knowledge to be systematic, (4) the collection of knowledge, (5) the access of knowledge and expansion of knowledge, significance, awareness, correction, improvement the activities, (6) the sharing of learning from entertainment and (7) the system enhancing and carrying on the learning technique of local entertainment continuously by developing the innovation media in different social units. Conclusion/Recommendations: This research could be a guideline for conserving and being the knowledge management of local entertainment which was valuable culture in order to be exist with Thai Society further.

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© 2010 Saksin Chongdarakul, Songkun Chankajon and Ratchanon Supapongpichait. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.