IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(5): 483-486 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.504

Challenges Faced by Engineering Lecturers in Integrating Technical and Employability Skills in the Curriculum: A Case Study in Community College, Malaysia

Zaliza Hanapi, Mohd Safarin Nordin, and Arasinah Khamis
Abstract—This study was conducted in order to identify the challenges or problems faced by the lecturers of Skill Training Institutes in Malaysia, especially lecturers of Community College in the engineering field, in integrating technical and employability skills in teaching and learning. The respondents for this study are 197 engineering lecturers of College Community. This study adopted a quantitative research methodology and utilized questionnaire as the instrument of the study. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data of the study. Findings of the study show that for the integration of technical skill, the majority of respondents agreed that "the lack of proper equipment, which are in accordance with the teaching and learning process" is the main challenge or problem in the process of integrating technical skills in the curriculum. While for the integration of employability skills, the majority of respondents agreed that "they do not get a clear understanding on the importance of employability skills" is the main challenge or problem in the process of integrating employability skills in the curriculum. In addition, the majority of respondents showed their strong agreements on the challenges or problems encountered in integrating technical and employability skills in teaching and learning. Mastering the technical and employability skills for the students is indeed vital and it is an important criterion in getting employed. Therefore, every lecturer should play a role in educating students to become excellent human capital, who will develop the economy of a country.

Index Terms—Technical skills, employability skills, engineering lecturers, quantitative study.

Zaliza Hanapi is with the University of Technology Malaysia (e-mail: chikiza_12@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Zaliza Hanapi, Mohd Safarin Nordin, and Arasinah Khamis, " Challenges Faced by Engineering Lecturers in Integrating Technical and Employability Skills in the Curriculum: A Case Study in Community College, Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 483-486, 2015.

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