The important role of community colleges apart from expanding educational opportunities to develop professional development for people in community is enhancing community strength. In this connection, community colleges should clarify their roles in order to plan the policy, strategies, and management systems for enhancing community strengths effectively and meet their objectives.
The research aims to synthesize the roles and factors to enhance strengthening community of community colleges in Thailand. The research is a documentary research using content analysis to analyze 60 items of articles, research papers, policy documents and electronic documents from 1979 to 2013. The research findings showed that the roles of community strengthening by community colleges in Thailand responded to the four missions: education management for enhancing community strength, conducting researches for community development, providing academic services to serve the need of communities, and the preservation of community traditional arts and culture. The goal of community colleges comprise of lifelong education, education for all, education for occupation skills, and education for sustainable development. There are seven factors for enhancing community strength: common goals, community participation, cooperation networks, community learning, community management, social capital, and community competence.
Keywords: Enhancing community strength, Strengthening Community, Community capability, Community colleges
Vachiraporn Surathanaskul, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Sornnet Areesophonpichet, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Atchara Chaiyoophatham, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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