Lecturers' experiences of assessing generic skills in an active learning environment for engineering education in Malaysia - Emergent findings

Muhamad Farid Daud*

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the engineering lecturers' experiences of generic skills assessment within an active learning context in Malaysia. Using a case-study methodology, lecturers' assessment approaches were investigated regarding three generic skills; verbal communication, problem solving and team work. Because of the importance to learning of the assessment of such skills it is this assessment that is discussed. The findings show the lecturers' initial feedback to have been generally lacking in substance, since they have limited knowledge and experience of assessing generic skills. Typical barriers identified during the study included; generic skills not being well defined, inadequate alignment across the engineering curricula and teaching approaches, assessment practices that were too flexible, particular those to do with implementation; and a failure to keep up to date with industrial requirements. The emerging findings of the interviews reinforce the arguments that there is clearly much room for improvement in the present state of generic skills assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 Jul 201515 Jul 2015

Conference

Conference6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice
Abbreviated titleREES 2015
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period13/07/1515/07/15

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  • Research Output

    • 4 Conference contribution
    • 1 Paper

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    Wong, S. H. S., Thompson, E. & Beaumont, A., 2016.

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    Kamaluddin, R., 2015, 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

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    Ismail, N., 2015, 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

  • Cite this

    Daud, M. F. (2015). Lecturers' experiences of assessing generic skills in an active learning environment for engineering education in Malaysia - Emergent findings. In 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015