A framework of sustainable development in continuing engineering education programmes in Malaysia

Kaprawi, Noraini and Razzaly, Wahid and Azroai , Anis Mardhiyah (2008) A framework of sustainable development in continuing engineering education programmes in Malaysia. In: Conference on Continuing Engineering and Technical Education (ICCEE08), Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia , 20-21 August 2008.

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Abstract

Continuing education (CE) is increasing its importance as part of university education. Engineering Education is one of the disciplines under the scope of CE programmes offered by CE centers in Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Malaysia. The main objective of Continuing Engineering Education (CEE) is to help practicing engineers, technologists or technicians stay current with technological advances relevant to their current or future jobs and indirectly they are also involved in the country development. However, continuing engineering education faces some classic and some new challenges. One of the critical challenges common to all engineering disciplines is the need for sustainable development of the programme. Although there are programmes that have successfully implemented skills into their curriculum, there are many factors that serve to hinder the philosophy of sustainability which may be contributed due to the non existence of guideline in CE centers. Hence the purpose of this research is to (i) determine the current status of sustainable development orientation in CEE centers and (ii) develop the framework of sustainable CEE programmes. This quantitative-designed research is carried out using modified Delphi method which involves participation from 33 experts in relevant fields that purposively chose regarding their positions. This methodology required two cycles of instrument distribution to get a consensus from the experts by using questionnaire form and supported by interview. The findings showed that the framework consists of eight components such as quality assurance (mean=4.3212), instructional method (mean=4.2987), learning outcome (mean=4.2970), curriculum design (mean=4.2606), staff (mean=4.2242), facilities and support (mean=4.2000), assessment (mean=4.1465), and program needs (mean=4.1152). All components comprise 43 characteristics of sustainable development. Overall, the framework can be used as guideline to design and implement CEE programme to better equip the students to introduce and teach others with respect to sustainable development value and practices.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:continuing education
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions:Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
ID Code:212
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:19 May 2010 10:55
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 15:49

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