The role of pre-university education in the development of human capital

Cheng, Mien Wee * and Soyza, Angela * and James, Helen * (2010) The role of pre-university education in the development of human capital. In: Innovative Thoughts, Invigorating Teaching : Proceedings of the Sunway Academic Conference (The 1st Pre-University Conference), Friday 7 August 2009, Swan Convention Centre, Bandar Sunway. Proceedings of the Sunway Academic Conference (2010?1). Sunway University College, Petaling Jaya, pp. 99-109.


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The role of education has evolved and undergone paradigm shifts, from that which focuses purely on imparting knowledge to the present one which encompasses career development of individuals to fulfil the needs of the global job market. The question that begs an answer is when (at what stage of education) does the aspect of career development or vocational awareness become significant, and how can educators better equip students at this stage? Looking at the developmental needs of young learners ? primary and secondary levels ? a broadbased curriculum approach is necessary in order to develop the academic aptitude, learning skills and create the body of knowledge necessary for the students to make the right choice in pursuing their tertiary or professional studies and perhaps disciplines of personal interests as well. Hence, we believe that pre-university level education has significant impact on shaping ?what? and ?how? students decide with regards to their career choices and this consequently impinges on the development of human capital in the country. This paper will document paradigm shifts that have taken place over time that have led to the present global trends, and review some critical thoughts and issues arising within the context of developing human capital in Malaysia. The national agenda for manpower development as outlined by the government shall also be considered. This paper will attempt to highlight the important role pre-university education can play in the development of employable graduates within the Malaysian context.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: First author is Director, Pre-University Studies; second and third authors are affiliated with the Monash Univerity Foundation Year programme.
Uncontrolled Keywords: human capital; pre-university studies; globalization; paradigm shifts; global trends in education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: General > Directorate
Sunway College > Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 02:52
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 01:36

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