Volume 01- Issue 02

April 2013

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Designing a Futuristic Business Studies Curriculum

Chiew Wye Mei Saedah Siraj
Pages: 1-7

This paper is a discourse on the theoretical aspects underpinning the design of the Business Studies curriculum domain. It draws on recent shifts in the business and educational environment of Malaysia, and maps out the methodology and method for expanding and revamping the core ground of the discipline. Using the pragmatic worldview stance, this study chose the exploratory sequential design mixed methods procedures. The significance of this methodology was the involvement of a theoretical lens as an overarching perspective within a design that contains both the quantitative and qualitative data. This lens provided a framework for topics of interest, methods for data collection, and outcomes or changes anticipated from the study. Within this lens of data collection method, the study used the Developmental Research Approach (DRA) to build a Business Studies curriculum prototype, and results showed DRA was a valid approach for such a purpose. The DRA consisted three phases. The first phase started by conducting a needs analysis of the stakeholders of the curriculum to argue whether the domain needs revamping. Based on the stakeholders’ needs and the impact of business and educational changes, the study designed a prototype of the curriculum in the second phase. Lastly, the third phase concluded with an evaluation of the prototype curriculum by the main users..

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Developing Soft Skills using ‘Literature Circles’

Mohd Nazri Bin Latiff Azmi
Pages: 8-16

This study investigates the impact of the implementation of ‘Literature Circles’ in an Active Learning classroom in relations to developing soft skills among university students. The use of Literature Circles is a well-known strategy in teaching the students to be more creative, independent and think out of the box. A group of thirty three students was involved in this seven weeks teaching and learning session. Towards the end of the period of implementation, the researcher found a gradually positive impact in developing soft skills and also linguistic skills. This action research has given a huge impact not only to the language teaching and learning session but also in molding a better curriculum design for a betterment of the education system.

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Development of Quality Assurance System in Culture and Nation Character Education in Primary Education in Indonesia

Rudi Susilana Asra
Pages: 17-24

The purpose of national education is to develop skills and build dignified national character and civilization in educating nation life (Act no 20, 2003). The paper describes a system of quality assurance in culture and character education in primary education. This study employs the six sigma model which consists of the formula DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) to model the development of Quality Assurance Syatem. Quantitative approach is used in this study with Research and Development (R&D) method. The research methodology consists of three stages: preface, development, and examination. The study finds that comprehension level of school members towards the idea, design, and implementation of culture and nation character education in the first stages of academic learning is generally considered decent

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Implementation Of Linus Programme Based On The Model Of Van Meter And Van Horn

Nazariyah bt Sani Abdul Rahman Idris
Pages: 25-36

The purpose of this study is to identify the understanding of school leaders on the implementation of LINUS programme that based on the features contained in the Implementation Model of Van Meter and Van Horn (1975). The study was carried out in the form of qualitative method and particularly, the multiple case studies that were conducted in four schools in Hulu Langat Selangor. The criteria of the subject locations included as follows schools with small size students, majority of the students were Orang Asli, the LINUS programme did not met the schools’ objectives and schools with moderate achievement of LINUS. Four Headmasters who are the participants of this study were interviewed for the data collected purposes. To back up the interview data, a few sessions of observations and document analysis were conducted. The finding of this study showed that the understanding about the programme’s objectives is the major factor that contributes to the success of a government programme. In other words, if the school leaders misunderstand the purpose of the programme, school achievement would be affected. In addition, the Theory of Van Meter and Van Horn Programme Implementation which is modified to include student characteristics can be applied to identify the practitioners’ understanding of the LINUS programme.

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The Relationship Between Parenting Styles And Students’ Attitude Toward Leisure Time Reading

Syahidah Rena Nabeel Abedalaziz Chin Hai Leng
Pages: 37-54

The main purpose of this study was to state the relationship between the parenting style and students’ attitude toward leisure reading. A total of 147 (65 male and 82 female) students from two classes (class five, 80 and class six, 67) were participated in the present study. The Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS) were adopted and used. Results revealed that: (a) participants held more positive attitudes toward reading; (b) males and females generally had similar attitude toward reading; (c) participants from both classes had similar attitudes toward reading; (d) authoritative style was the most highest practiced by the parents according to the students’ perception on their parents’ preferred type of parenting; (e) there was identifiable relationship between students’ attitudes toward leisure reading and their parents’ parenting style. Furthermore, there was an evidence of significant correlation between perceived parenting styles and the attitude toward leisure reading by gender; and (f) there was evidence that authoritative style raised in linear best predicted students’ attitude toward leisure reading.

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