13TH UNESCO-APEID INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND WORLD BANK-KERIS HIGH LEVEL SEMINAR ON ICT IN EDUCATION

ICT TRANSFORMING EDUCATION

15-17 NOVEMBER 2009

HANGZHOU, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEACHERS: THE MALAYSIAN

PERSPECTIVE

 

Dato’ (Dr.) Asariah Binti Mior Shaharuddin

Deputy Director General of Education Malaysia

Lee Wai Heng, PhD.

Choong Lean Keow, PhD.

Lam Kah Kei, Phd.

 

Abstract

 

As Malaysia steps forward in pursuit of its Vision 2020, access to quality education, human capital development and the educational competitiveness of Malaysian schools rank among its most important challenges. Hence, to ensure that Malaysia’s drive towards developed nation status is not derailed, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has a crucial role to play. The MOE’s efforts to prepare quality teachers are guided by the National Philosophy of Education (NPE) and the Philosophy of Teacher Education (PTE). This paper provides an in-depth view of how the MOE, through its various agencies strives to ensure a continuous supply of quality teachers to serve in the future schools of Malaysia. The paper identifies three main strategies: Implementation of a pre-service teacher education programme whose quality is assured via the internationally recognized ISO certificate, Malaysian Qualification Framework and Malaysian Teacher Standards; active promotion of continuous professional development (CPD) for in-service teachers and leadership development to complement the pre-service and CPD programmes. Further, the MOE has sufficiently addressed the need for effective and innovative ICT integration into teaching and learning activities to ensuring future teachers are equipped with the relevant 21st century skills. The 4-year degree-level pre-service (PISMP) course is specially designed to produce primary school teachers. The curriculum for this course operates on five principles, namely, outcome-based, coherent, spiral and developmental, holistic, as well as practical and contextual. The PISMP curriculum aims to achieve specific learning outcomes as required by the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) which are relevant to 21st century skills. The PISMP curriculum caters for the needs of the next generation of teachers, especially in relation to current developments in technology as this programme emphasises integration of ICT in its curriculum, delivery and assessment. In ensuring the quality of the current and the next generation of teachers who are able to function in ICT-driven schools, the MOE has implemented a number of continuous professional development programmes for in-service teachers: The Smart Teacher Training Course, the 14-Weeks Professional Development Program and the One-year Specialist Training Certificate Course. This paper shares the Malaysian perspective in harnessing the power of ICT to drive our teacher education programmes. It describes some of the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s (MOE) recent efforts at integrating ICT to enhance teacher education and development. These include innovative strategies at both the pre-service as well as in-service teacher education sectors. While teachers will always be central to the task of creating ICT-enriched learning environments, policy makers and school leaders also play an important role in promoting the use of ICT as a teaching and learning tool. Hence, the MOE has also undertaken efforts to empower educational leaders to lead ICT initiatives in  the school.

 

 

 

 

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