Abstract: Buddhist principle of four noble truths is the real truth to practice with the ethical way of life for Thai people to meet the peace and happiness. This principle is the most effective tool which can leads to the raising of awareness of the environmental and natural resources conservation such as water saving and soil fertility. The research objective was to develop a prototype of Young Buddhist Environmental Education (YBEE). The population was the students of primary schools in the Mahasarakham province. The sample group of 40 students is selected by purposive sampling technique. Tools composed of test of knowledge achievement and attitude and participation forms. The descriptive statistics with percentage, frequency, mean and standard deviation and the inferential statistics with t-test and one-way ANOVA were used for data analysis. The Participatory Appreciate Influence Control technique (PAIC) was implemented to create action plans and practices for implementing project for target group. The results illustrated that before and after PAIC process implemented, the knowledge achievement, attitude and training achievement were determined. It was found that there were high statistically significant (p<0.01, 0.01 and 0.01). Consequently, the Three Dimensional Evaluation (TDE) was employed for their participation in the training process of PAIC, it showed that self-evaluation, friend-evaluation and facilitator-evaluation were statistical difference (p<0.01) but self-evaluation, friend-evaluation was not statistical difference (p>0.05) while self-evaluation and facilitator-evaluation were statistical difference (p<0.01) including friend-evaluation and facilitator-evaluation were statistical difference (p<0.01). Four Dimensional Evaluation (FDE) was used for trainer role play evaluation, it illustrated that trainer self-evaluation, audience evaluation, trainer friend-evaluation and expert trainer-evaluation were no statistical difference (p>0.05). During PAIC implemented, the 6 focus groups discussion were done, the overall results showed that there were at least 6 projects purposed such as prevention of waste disposal into pond, collecting the solid waste from pond produce compost from wet waste prevention of community deforestation soil erosion prevention with vetiver grass and vegetable cultivation without chemical use to be implemented according to the action plans on soil and water conservations. These were implemented at the school and community.
Phra Surapong Sukwat, Nongnapas Thiengkamol, Charlie Navanugraha and Chatchai Thiengkamol, 2012. Development of Prototype of Young Buddhist Environmental Education. The Social Sciences, 7: 56-60.