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Understanding learning behaviour of Malaysian adult learners: a cross-cultural sensitive framework

Tan, Po Li & Pillay, Hitendra K. (2007) Understanding learning behaviour of Malaysian adult learners: a cross-cultural sensitive framework. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 6(2).

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 12998
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Adult learning, Life long learning, Educational psychology, Cross, cultural methodology, Approaches to learning, Adaptation of western instrument
DOI: 10.1007/s10671-007-9039-5
ISSN: 1573-1723
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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