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ERIC Number: EJ797486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1570-2081
Understanding Learning Behaviour of Malaysian Adult Learners: A Cross-Cultural Sensitive Framework
Tan, Po Li; Pillay, Hitendra
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, v7 n2 p85-97 Jun 2008
The link between learning and the knowledge-economy is so crucial that the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development has reconceptualised the term knowledge-economy to call it "learning economy". Ultimately, one of the main challenges of learning and development in the 21st century is to evaluate the significant learning attributes of the adult learners. Literature on Students' Approaches to Learning (SAL), were used to conceptualise the study. However, researchers have reported the weakness of the SAL for cross-cultural studies. This study acknowledges the importance of cultural issues in the study of learning approaches. The adapted version of SPQ, i.e. R-SPQ-2FM (Revised-Study Process Questionnaire-2 Factors Malaysia) which considers both etic (universal) and emic (culturally specific) characteristics was administered on 532 Malay and 326 Chinese Malaysian adult learners. Results show that there are significant cross-cultural insights between Malay and Chinese adult learners, particularly in the Understanding and Memorising Approach, Career/Achieve Motives constructs, the effects of "work experience" and "time spent on study" have on approaches to learning. Findings above would strengthen "evidence-informed" policy making for Malaysian authorities or regional policy makers in the Asia Pacific.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Study Process Questionnaire