The purpose of this study was to describe the General Education Model of University in Thailand. Using a mixed methods both quantitative and qualitative approach. The samples were undergraduate students, lecturers and committees who involved to General Education of 3 universities in Thailand. The quantitative data used questionnaire and analyzed data by descriptive statistics. In the qualitative phase, the researcher interviewed lecturers and committees and analyzed data by content analysis. The research results shown that, the goals of General Education were to promote a broad span of knowledge; to think logically and critically; the capacity to work as a part of a team to solve problems; and lifelong learning skills.The contents were introduced students to a variety of topics; cultures; the natural and physical world, social sciences, science and mathematics, humanities, histories, and the arts, including knowledge to become citizens. The learning process used problem-based learning with student center approach. The learning outcomes were the broad knowledge of intellectual and practical skills, including inquiry, quantitative and information literacy, teamwork and problem solving; individual and social responsibilities, and ethical reasoning and action. The suggestions from this research included the following: to understanding the philosophy of General Education; to encourage interaction rather than lectures; and should emphasized the contents which related to the social change; adjust the learning method, teaching materials and learning activities accordance with the interest of the students. Moreover, course should create the evaluation method that can be measured the expected results.
Porntida Visaetsilapanononta, Mahidol University, Thailand
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