International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Characteristics of Lifelong Learners among Thai Youth
Choosak Ueangchokchai, Archanya Ratana-Ubol, Suwithida Charungkiatikul

Due to rapid societal changes at the global level, Thai youth must acquirethe characteristics of lifelong learners. Thus far, there have been no clear indicatorsoftthese characteristics; therefore, the present research aims to analyze and present the characteristics of lifelong learners amongThai youth. This study employed qualitative methodology to collect interview data from a sample of 5 Thai adult lifelong learners and 5 Thai youth leaders and use theresults in focus group of10 lifelong learning and youth experts to draw conclusionsabout the characteristics of lifelong learners. The results reveal that the characteristics of lifelong learners amongThai youth are 1) having the spirit of are searcher, 2) employing various learning styles to seek knowledge, 3) being open to learning and ready to engage in self-directed learning, 4) having the courage to face and solve problems appropriately, 5) finding value and potential within themselves, 6) learning through interaction and enjoying exchanging knowledge with others, 7)using analysis, synthesis and crystallization skills, 8)being learning leaders, and 9) living a sufficient life and being happy. All these characteristics canaidThai youth in becoming lifelong learners with the potential to transform Thailand into a learning society.

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