Educational environment in a multicultural society to meet the challenges of diversity

Abdus Salam, Ashfaq Akram, Siti Mariam Bujang, Mohamad Nurman Yaman, Mohammad Arif Kamarudin, Harlina Halizah Siraj, Nabishah Mohamad

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Abstract

Educators in a multicultural-environment face complex-tasks in teaching for diversity. The objective of this study was to determine the educational environment in a Malaysian medical school, aimed to face the diversity. This cross-sectional study was conducted utilising "Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure", a validated instrument that contained 50 items rated 0-4 with a maximum 200 score under five sub-scales. Sub-scales were perceptions of: learning, teacher, academic-self, atmosphere and social-self. Respondents were 193 year-5 medical students of session 2011-2012, comprised of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Other ethnic-group. The overall mean score perceived by all ethnicity was 130/200 (65%). All sub-scales perceived >60% scores except social-self and atmosphere. The social-self sub-scale perceived the lowest score (53.57%) by the Other ethnic group while interestingly social-self also perceived highest (75%) by the Indians. Atmosphere sub-scale perceived a score of 58.33% by Other ethnic-group. Positive perceptions of educational enviornment among the students of diverse ethnicity reflects that educational environment at the medical school is well equiped to meet the challenges of diversity. However, there is opportunity to increase further positivity in general and social-self and atmosphere sub-scales in particular. Educators in a multicultural-environment must work to avoid monocultural instructional methodoligies to promote a multicultrul society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-113
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Challenges
  • Development
  • Diversity
  • Educational environment
  • Multicultural society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Educational environment in a multicultural society to meet the challenges of diversity. / Salam, Abdus; Akram, Ashfaq; Bujang, Siti Mariam; Yaman, Mohamad Nurman; Kamarudin, Mohammad Arif; Siraj, Harlina Halizah; Mohamad, Nabishah.

In: Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Vol. 4, No. 9, 2014, p. 110-113.

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