Integrating generic competencies (GCs) into university's compulsory courses: Perspectives of lecturers in universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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The employment demand on university's graduates to have Generic Competencies (GCs) had Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's lecturers who teach the university's compulsory courses (i.e., Ethnic Relations, and Islamic and Asian Civilizations [TITAS]), rethink their teaching and learning methods. This paper discusses the perspectives of the lecturers on the issue of integrating GCs into the university's compulsory courses. A quantitative survey followed by a focus group discussion was conducted. Analysis of survey data shows that the lecturers were in the opinion that GCs has only partial basis for integration, and they did not think that GCs are able to be integrated into the compulsory courses or UKM has provided appropriate operational context for GCs development. They also disagreed that 'the appropriate mechanism is able to be identified by lecturers to assess students' GCs development.' The findings of the focus group discussion supported the survey data. These outcomes imply that more training in teaching and learning of GCs for the lecturers are crucially needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Institutional Research South East Asia
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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Keywords

  • And mechanism of assessment
  • Basis of integration
  • Generic competencies (GCs)
  • Integration ability
  • Operational context

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