ERIC Number: ED462574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Best Practices for Professional Development of Vocational Educators in Teaching Competencies among APEC Economies: A Case Study of Malaysia.
Mustapha, Ramlee B.
Research has documented that vocational education and training (VET) is critical to Malaysia's industrial development. Rapid technological changes and increased global competition have exacerbated the challenges associated with delivery of quality VET in Malaysia. The barriers to improving VET in Malaysia and ways of overcoming those barriers, improving Malaysia's VET system, and furthering the professional development of VET educators were therefore explored. Best practices in school-to-work, college preparation, VET, and lifelong learning were reviewed. The following were among the 13 recommendations presented: (1) the government and private sector should maintain and expand VET in Malaysia; (2) the government should seek input from numerous stakeholders, including educators, business/industry, parents, students, and academicians, before formulating major policy decisions regarding VET; (3) the school curriculum should emphasize a balanced approach through integration of technical, employability, and generalizable skills in VET programs; (4) establishment and maintenance of quality standards for VET programs should be emphasized; (5) VET educators must receive additional professional development opportunities; (6) issues of dissatisfaction among VET educators must be addressed at all levels of government; (7) VET programs should incorporate entrepreneurship and business training; and (8) public and private sector leaders must acknowledge the importance of R&D. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Advisory Committees, Change Strategies, College Preparation, Developing Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Integrated Curriculum, Lifelong Learning, Part Time Students, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, Professional Development, Public Policy, Research and Development, School Business Relationship, Standard Setting, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Recruitment, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia