ERIC Number: ED432669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Vocational and Technical Education in the Industrialization of Malaysia.
Mustapha, Ramlee B.
The Industrialized Needs study identified the perceptions of Malaysian educators and employers regarding the role of vocational and technical education (VTE) in the economic development of Malaysia. The first survey used a random sample of 300 (276 responses) from the population of 4,316 VTE educators in public VT schools and polytechnics in Peninsular Malaysia. The second population was employers from large and medium-size manufacturing companies in Klang Valley and Selangor, 120 of whom became the sample of employers (53 responses). Based on the findings of the study, several conclusions were drawn: (1) both educators and employers believed VTE and training have assumed a major role in the economic development of Malaysia and that a substantial financial investment in VTE and training was justified; (2) both groups were less certain regarding the employability skills of VT graduates; (3) educators and employers differed with regard to which factors helped or inhibited the restructuring of VTE, but both groups agreed that input from the private sector and technical exchanges between vocational institutions and business/industry were mutually beneficial; (4) they believed the public sector did an inadequate job in satisfying the human resource needs of the industrial sector; (5) both groups were unclear regarding factors that led to shortages of skilled workers; and (6) educators and employers differed regarding the government's role in satisfying the needs of VTE and the needs of business and industry. Ten recommendations for policy, practice, and future research are offered. (Contains 12 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia