Results of Using an Economics Cartoon to Promote Karen Students’ Livelihoodat Mae Fa Luang Hill-tribe Community Learning Center Mae Hong Son Province
The objectives of this research were 1) to improve Karen students’ achievement of learning the economics subject through the use of an economics cartoon book titled ‘Thriving on a hill’, and 2) to investigate their satisfaction after such learning. A sample group of 74 students was derived from the total of 308 students in the 2nd semester, for the academic year of 2013 at Mae Fa Luang hilltribe community learning center in Mae Hong Son province by using the sampling formula developed by Taro Yamane, at a confidence level of 95 and an acceptable error of 10%. The research instruments consisted of 2 economics cartoon books, a learning management plan incorporating the books, an academic achievement assessment form for pre-learning and post-learning, and a questionnaire on learning satisfaction. An analysis of data was conducted using mean, standard deviation of examination scores, from pre and post-test, and the Effectiveness Index to determine their progress on skill development after the introduction of this innovation. The research findings can be summarized as follows: 1)As seen from the learning achievement divided into 5 levels: Level 1 (improvement needed) comprising 1 student; Level 2 (satisfactory) comprising 8 students; Level 3 (good) comprising 38 students; and Level 4 (very good) comprising 27 students, the highest number of students is at Level 3, accounting for 51.35%, followed by Level 4 at 36.49%, Level 2 at 9.60%, and Level 1 at 2.56%, respectively. This can be concluded that after the introduction of the economics cartoon books into the learning plan, the learning achievement of the majority of the sample group from room 2 is at Level 3 (good), demonstrating the progress on skill development and 2) According to a satisfaction survey, these students were content with a learning management and plan using economics cartoon books at a high level, with the standard deviation of 0.84.