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E-Portfolio Development and Implementation in Malaysian Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET): A Mixed Methods Analysis of Stakeholders' and Students' perceptions

Mat Som, H and Duggan, P and Tracy, FE and Stott, TA (2015) E-Portfolio Development and Implementation in Malaysian Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET): A Mixed Methods Analysis of Stakeholders' and Students' perceptions. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 8 (1). pp. 243-261. ISSN 1944-6934

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Abstract

In line with the global increase in the use of E-portfolio technologies in learning organizations, their potential use in Malaysia is promising, especially in the growing areas of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET). In order to understand and evaluate the potential of E-portfolios in these education areas, the initial view of the parties related to the Skills Training Program, a sub-program in TVET should be taken into consideration. Since such an electronic learning system has never previously been deployed in any public or private training institutions in Malaysia, there is a need to ensure that it has the support of the parties concerned. Thus, the key questions for this study were to investigate whether the E-portfolio is: (1) suitable for implementation in the Malaysia Skills Training Education Program, and (2) easy, efficient and effective for students to use. This study used both qualitative and quantitative methods where data collection included E-mail based interviews with several officers in Malaysia and a survey of perceptions of E-portfolio Skills Training Students from the Kuantan District of Pahang, Malaysia. The results showed that most participants agreed that the E-portfolio is well suited to be implemented as an evaluation method or value-added to improve the IT skills of the students depending on their level of training course. Although some trainees/students warned that this system needs lots of things to be considered such as facilities, technical and emotional support as well as a sensible process, most agreed that this system should be introduced in their training institutions. Similarly, the interviewees also highlighted constraints that should be considered before execution to ensure that this system will be effectively installed and completely functional to benefit trainees, instructors as well as for the Training Institutions themselves.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions: School of Education
School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: IJAS
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:39
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 10:28
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1926

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