An Exploratory Study Examining Educator Perceptions about Teaching and Assessing Entrepreneurship Skills at Malaysian Public Higher Education Institutions

By Wan Sofiah Meor Osman and Antonia Girardi.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The development of soft skills has been the focus of new education and training practices globally and particularly within the Malaysian Higher Education System. Entrepreneurship skills in particular have been identified as one of seven soft skills in Malaysian Public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This present study examines what factors influence educator perceptions about teaching and assessing entrepreneurship skills. Specifically, the study looks at the amount of emphasis educators report placing on teaching and assessing entrepreneurship skills, and the factors which can impact this emphasis. The results from a quantitative cross-sectional study indicate that the university category; discipline area; employment level and status; years of teaching and industry experience; teaching qualifications; and gender have differential effects on educator perceptions about the emphasis placed on teaching and assessing of entrepreneurship skills. The implications of these outcomes will be discussed in line with recent higher education policy within this sector and the wider educational community.

Keywords: Soft Skills, Higher Education, Entrepreneurship Skills, Employability

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.81-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 901.689KB).

Wan Sofiah Meor Osman

PhD Candidate, Murdoch Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

Wan Sofiah Meor Osman is a lecturer in Human Resource Development, at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. She holds a B.A (Hons) in Public Administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia and a Masters in Labour Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University, Ohio. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree at Murdoch University, Australia. Her research interests include human capital development, human resources and employment.

Dr. Antonia Girardi

Associate Professor, Murdoch Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Antonia Girardi is an Associate Professor in Management at Murdoch University, Australia. She obtained her BCom (Hons) and PhD from University of Western Australia, Australia. Her research interests lie in the areas of strategic HRM, job design, intellectual capital management, benefits and remuneration management, employer branding and organisational change. Her work is published in national and international journals and has been presented at conferences in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

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