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Towards a sustainable continuing technical and vocational education (TVE) programmes in higher education institution (HEI) in Malaysia

Kaprawi, Noraini and Azroai, Anis Mardhiyah (2009) Towards a sustainable continuing technical and vocational education (TVE) programmes in higher education institution (HEI) in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2009 (ICTLHE09), 23-25 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur.


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Continuing education is increasing its importance as part of university education. Technical and Vocational Education is one of the disciplines under the scope of Continuing Education (CE) programmes offered by CE centers in Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Malaysia. The main objective of continuing technical education (CTE) 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 technical education faces some classic and some new challenges. One of the critical challenges common to all technical/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 level(status) of sustainable development orientation in CTE centers and (ii) develop a framework of sustainable CTE 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 CTE 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, technical and vocational education,
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Strategic and Quality Management Office > Department of Strategic Management
Depositing User: Faizul Sahari
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 02:22
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:58
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/304
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