Generic Skill Provision in Higher Education: A Malaysian Perspective
Concerns about poor levels of skill in the workforce and perceptions of a mismatch between the actual competencies of young graduates and those required by employers is an issue that has been widely discussed in the Malaysian media. There has been an increasing pressure on higher education to promote the development of core, transferable and employability skills into the heart of undergraduate learning experience. The purpose of this study is to identify the development of core and generic skills provisions in courses offered in a Malaysian university. I6 courses' content and process are analyzed based on a model of course provision developed by Bennett et. al. (1999). The 16 courses are randomly selected from four departments to represent a mix of professional and non professional disciplines. Six core skills in this study are identified and discussed against the background of disciplinary content and skills as well as workplace awareness and experience. The 'fit' of each course is described and mapped which can then be compared to identify the use of these skills and the different approaches employed by lecturers in their attempt to integrate core skills in their courses.
Keywords: Generic Skill, Core Skill, Higher Education, Employability
Dr Zalizan Jelas
Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia