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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 16 | Page No.: 1819-1827
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.1819.1827
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Sustaining Quality in Higher Education in Southeast Asia through Understanding Generational Changes

Nirwan Idrus, Poh Kiat Ng and Kian Siong Jee

This study presents results of research into generational characteristics of university students in Southeast Asia. The purpose of this investigation is to help academics particularly in Southeast Asian universities make their teaching and thus their students’ learning more effective. Literature shows that an extensive amount of work on this has been done in North America and the results of these works are treated as a benchmark that Southeast Asian universities in their attempts to achieve the purpose above could use. Data about Southeast Asian students were collected through a survey instrument developed following the extensive literature review of North American investigation of their so called Network Generation or Net Gen. Surveys were carried out at two universities in Malaysia, two universities in Indonesia and one university in The Philippines. High correlations in the results of the survey between the three countries were obtained. Results of this research show that Southeast Asian university students matched only five out of the twelve characteristics identified in North American students. This study explores this finding further. While recognizing the characteristics of the students is pivotal to effective learning style, that knowledge will also be important to international agencies that provide funding and expertise to developing countries. This work and the resulting specific follows-up are novel for Southeast Asia and will change a whole host of higher education practices in the region.
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Nirwan Idrus, Poh Kiat Ng and Kian Siong Jee, 2014. Sustaining Quality in Higher Education in Southeast Asia through Understanding Generational Changes. Journal of Applied Sciences, 14: 1819-1827.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.1819.1827






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