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The instillation of employability skills through problem based learning model at Malaysia's higher institution

Othman, Hasyamuddin and Sulaiman, Abdullah and Masrom, Nor Ratna and Buntat, Yahya (2009) The instillation of employability skills through problem based learning model at Malaysia's higher institution. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2009, 23-25 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur.


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Education is one of the vital fields that contributes to the development of a nation. Therefore, countless efforts have been made by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education in order to enhance and improve education system in Malaysia. Although the traditional approach which focuses on learning through lectures is capable to transmit the content of certain knowledge, it has been criticized for producing students who are passive. It has also been known to ignore the students’ different needs according to their capabilities.Living their lives on campus, it is very important for students to interact with their lecturers and fellow students (Thomas, S.L., 2000). There has been evidence which proves a mismatch of skills that are required by employers and their capability to employ the graduates who possess those skills (Hesketh (1999). A survey that was done on a group of executives cynically said that the education industry itself is imparting the wrong knowledge, in which most who have been employed had to undergo various training all over again (Badaway M.K., 1995). To clarify this matter, a study is conducted to find alternative learning approaches so that graduates who will be produced by universities will be able to fulfill the industry’s requirements especially on the aspect of employability skills. Study will be done on Manufacturing Engineering students using methods of data collection by way of mixed methods. Qualitative data was collected through trigulation with analyzing report documents in order to identify employability skills and its indicators that can fulfill the requirements of industries in Malaysia. Reports on the employability skills that were made as the base for this study were from SCAN, Conference Board of Canada, ACCER and Ministry of Higher Education Soft Skills Module. The study will also be using Problem Based Learning (PBL) model in order to infuse employability skills that will be measured through quasi-experiment as a primer quantitative data. Early studies and today’s global demand clearly prooves that PBL model has a vast opportunity to succeed as an alternative learning approach in order to strengthen and enhance employability skills among Manufacturing Engineering students in public univeristies throughout Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based Learning, employability skills, employability effectiveness, manual
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Faizul Sahari
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 08:42
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:16
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/316
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