Research Management based on Buddhist Discipline : A New Paradigm of University Community Engagement

Pacharin Dumronggittigule, Buppa Anansuchatgule


This article is a part of Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation in the field of Buddhist Educational Administration. The research study is aimed at
1) understanding present situation of concerned university research management in community development; 2) valuing their newly research outcome based on Buddhism oriented paradigm, and 3) creating Buddhism-oriented research management for university community engagement. Conducting collaborative action research with 20 universities during 2013-2015, was done and it also implemented Phenomenological Research to search for new paradigms of such research paradigm.  Research results were found that components of university engagement research management could be of 3 groups of academics : 1) Research Leader/Executive to specify policy, strategy, and supportive research environment (Paratoghosa); 2) Research Manager performing role of driving research mechanism and university collaboration with community; 3) Researchers who are qualified to effectively implement internal creation of research outcome values by Buddhism-oriented research management is identified as “listening” being conformed to exchange of learning ideas in group discussion, “understanding” being conformed deep impression of participants who conducted the lessons learned, “inquiring” to learn new thing, and “documentation” being conformed to knowledge transfer. The way of such practices would be embedding the insight or tacit self-learning knowledge by seeing and understanding from practices. In ultimate and holistic approach, it involved people at works i.e. instructors, students, and local people would self-evidence (Sanditthiko) and enhance merit of internal understanding of the Four Noble Truths, by integrating community engagement research with teaching and learning process for community development continuously (Servicing Learning). This value creation in a new research approach would be 1) the integrating process of learning, 2) knowledge creation and application in actual practices minding good spirit of kindness with self-evidence (Sanditthiko) and seamlessly
3) achieving the internal human resource development as well as 4) external social development.

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