The Appreciation of Malaysian Philosophy of Education among Academics and how it Relates to their Productivity

By Aminuddin Hassan, Abdullah Mat Rashid, Ismi Arif Ismail, Habibah Ab Jalil and Fadzilah Abd Rahman.

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This paper reveals the valuable perspectives of Malaysian academics in assessing the Malaysian Philosophy of Education (MPE) in terms of how successful its implementation is on Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Malaysia. This research is also about productivity achievement. The researcher draws eight major conclusions in answering the main research questions. Firstly, the research argues that about 35%, 30% and 12% of the respondents have fair, good and very good knowledge about MPE respectively. All MPE elements are considered well implemented, where each of them has an average rating of more than 3 in an increasing scale of 1-5 (least to most). The most frequent constraint among the academics for MPE to be implemented in HEI is the significant burdens that are time consuming faced by them. Then, the most productive role among the academics is teaching, compared to research and administration. It is also argued that different factors give significant effect to different academic roles. An interesting figure of approximately 59% of the professors were thought to have been appointed on merit (deserve their appointment). There is a significant relationship between implementation success of MPE and administration productivity. Lastly, there is a significant relationship between the perspective of academics concerning professorial appointments and the successful implementation of MPE in HEI. However, the last two have modest correlation values in general. In conclusion, the study highlights the impacts of MPE in HEI alongside the possible constraints, and the outcomes of academics’ productivity by looking at their roles and the factors which affect their productivity. These two approaches could bring valuable positive indicators of the performance of current HEI in Malaysia as a whole.

Keywords: Malaysian Philosophy of Education, Philosophy, Higher Education, Productivity

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.217-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.307MB).

Dr. Aminuddin Hassan

Lecturer, Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Hassan is a lecturer at Faculty of Educational Studies. He holds the doctoral degree from Durham University, UK. He has been involved in research, teaching and consultancy works, in the area of philosophy of education, productivity improvement, higher education and thinking skills.

Dr. Abdullah Mat Rashid

Lecturer, Department of Science and Technical Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Abdullah Mat Rashid is a lecturer at Faculty of Educational Studies. He has been involved in research and consultancy work, in areas related to teaching and learning, curriculum selection, materials, program evaluation, and instructional strategies in classrooms and distance learning.

Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail, has dedicated himself in the area of continuing education and joined UPM in 2000. His significant and scholarly contributions and involvements in building the capacity of people in the community, especially in the field of continuing education, human resource development and leadership are highly acknowledged nationally and internationally. Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail completed his high school at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra, Kedah. He obtained his honours degree in TESL from UKM in 1993. Due to his strong interest in continuing education, he decided to pursue his higher education in the area of extension education at the master’s levels. He was appointed as a lecturer with Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2000. Since then, his contribution in teaching, research and services has been focused on continuing education covering the areas of extension education, youth development and leadership. Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail obtained his doctoral degree in 2005 in Continuing Education from the University of Warwick, UK. Currently he serves as the Advisor of the Human Resource Development Student Association at Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies. He has been involved in research and consultancy work, both nationally and internationally in the area of continuing education, extension education, human resource development and youth development. He has also been involved in advisory and community services both national and internationally.

Dr. Habibah Ab Jalil

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Habibah Ab Jalil is a lecturer at the Department of Technical and Science Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Her research interests include areas such as eLearning , Information Technology, Multimedia in Education, Management of Educational Information System and Computer-Based Instructional Design, especially in sociocultural perspectives.

Dr. Fadzilah Abd Rahman

Lecturer, Department of Language and Humanities Education, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Fadzillah Abd Rahman is a lecturer at the Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her research interests include areas such as Malay Language Teaching, Malay Literature, Multimedia in Education and Instructional Design.

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