Educator Perceptions of Soft Skill Development: An Examination within the Malaysian Public Higher Education Sector

Meor Osman, W. S. and Girardi, A. and Paull, M. (2011) Educator Perceptions of Soft Skill Development: An Examination within the Malaysian Public Higher Education Sector. The International Journal of Learning, 18 (10). pp. 49-62. ISSN 1447-9494

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Abstract

Recognition of the importance of soft skills in today's workforce has gained increasing momentum, with educators and industry bodies identifying that generic skills are vitally important to business success. Despite this acknowledgement, a survey of the current literature highlights that many higher education institutions (HEIs) maintain a stronger emphasis on subject-specific knowledge and skill development when compared to soft skills. A number of factors have been shown to influence the development of soft skills including demographic markers, professional body/accreditation requirements and educator personal expectations or views. In this study, the focus is on those educator perceptions which influence the teaching and learning of soft skills. The study is set in Malaysia, where the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has formally acknowledged the importance of seven skills. Semi-structured interviews were used to examine the views of 25 educators from five Malaysian Public HEIs. Findings from the interview showed that educator beliefs and their personal expectations or views influenced their emphasis on the teaching and learning of soft skills. The findings of the study have implications for educators, HEIs and policy makers, and for future research into the effectiveness, roles and responsibilities of HEIs in this important area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soft Skills, Higher Education, Teaching and Learning, Pendidikan, Education, Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam, IPTA, Public Higher Education Institutions Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, Universiti, University, Kuching, Samarahan, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, undergraduate, postgraduate, research
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Meor Osman
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 00:07
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 08:30
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/8099

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