2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, IPT, Masalah Pelajar, Rencana

Enhancing relationships in the classroom

Posted on June 27, 2012, Wednesday

by Dr Lily Wisker.

THE role of lecturers is continuing to grow in importance as higher education issues and challenges become increasingly complex and multifaceted.

The effectiveness of higher education depends on the abilities of lecturers to respond to ongoing pressure and manage the curriculum as well as students efficiently.

In order to be effective and efficient in their roles, these lecturers need various skills and knowledge.

One skill that has not been given considerable attention in classroom management literature is emotional intelligence (EI). From a theoretical perspective, EI refers to the cooperative combination of intelligence and emotions. Psychologists use an emotional quotient to illustrate emotional intelligence as an array of non-cognitive skills. They describe emotional intelligence as a set of emotional and social capabilities that influence one’s general ability to effectively face the demands of the environment.

A growing body of research claims that EI is a better predictor of success than the traditional measures of general intelligence (IQ). Perhaps there is merit in this claim as several studies have shown a positive association between emotional intelligence and managerial performance.

The higher a leader sits in an organisation, the more important EI becomes, compared to IQ and technical skills.

Leaders who possess the ability to manage their emotions may be more likely to exercise self-control when problems arise, thereby earning the respect and trust of followers. Furthermore, the ability to understand the needs and expectations of followers may be an advantage in terms of inspiring and motivating them.

The concept of emotional intelligence is, in fact, not new. It was suggested thousands of years ago.

The great military general and philosopher Sun Tzu (722 BC to 481 BC), who authored ‘The Art of War’, once said:

“Know the other and know yourself:

One hundred challenges without danger; Know not the other and yet know yourself:

One triumph for one defeat; Know not the other and know not yourself: Every challenge is certain peril.”

Studies have identified some positive associations between emotional intelligence and work performance.

Thus, it would be interesting to determine if lecturers in tertiary education have attempted to employ EI in classroom teaching and management.

Almost every day we hear and read about the challenge of managing students in tertiary education: students are unengaged, unmotivated and rude, and many have poor attendance.

How do we deal with such students? Is the stress worth it? Perhaps the remedy to the issue is the use of EI in classroom teaching and management.

Researchers have found that misbehaviour and low academic achievement of students may be the result of their social and emotional difficulties, coupled with an inability to use socially skilful ways to gain lecturer support.

The more socially skilled the lecturers, the more effective they are in helping to establish a framework in managing misbehaviour.

This would eventually resolve any challenges caused by students.

Employing EI in classroom teaching could be exercised in various dimensions.

First and foremost, lecturers need to appraise and express emotions relating to their ability to understand deep emotions.

Once lecturers do this, they could appraise and recognise the emotions of others which relate to their ability to perceive and understand the emotion of students.

They could then regulate the emotion in themselves, thereby enabling a more rapid recovery from psychological distress.

Finally, lecturers could use emotion to facilitate performance, which relates to the ability to make use of emotions by directing them towards constructive activities and personal performance.

The primary objective in this circumstance is to achieve a safe, inclusive environment because only within a supportive social context can students develop interpersonal skills and eventually be more motivated in their learning process.

A lack of skill or sensitivity on the part of the lecturer and a tertiary environment which is unreceptive, or even hostile, will inhibit the willingness of students to become more motivated and engaged, which are essential for teaching and learning to take place.

The process, which is as important as the outcome, requires lecturers and students to respect the norms — to listen attentively, express appreciation, avoid insult and non-constructive criticism, have the right to pass, and exercise mutual respect.

Lecturers are faced with more and more challenges in classroom management.

It has never been harder.

It is perhaps timely for lecturers to employ emotional intelligence in their teaching and managing the classroom.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/27/enhancing-relationships-in-the-classroom/#ixzz1yxHJitVx

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Subjek

Teaching English via games

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

KUANTAN: It has been six months since Holly Berkley assumed her role as an English teaching assistant (ETA) at a school here and she has certainly made an impact.

.English teaching assistant Holly Berkley and her students enjoying their English lesson at SMKekolah Menengah Cenderawasih, Kuantan. Pic by Azmaidi Abidin

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The 23-year-old American from Virginia has set up a girls futsal team at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cenderawasih, helped organise outdoor English camps and put in extra hours after school to guide students in English lessons.

Clad in a baju kurung, Berkley said her mission here was to encourage students to speak English via various games during lessons.

“During lessons, I try to organise games and provide students with various situations in English. Getting the message across also allows for two-way communications.”

Berkley’s mentor at the school, Aunillah Hilmi, said Berkley’s concept of teaching English was widely accepted by the students.

“They wait eagerly for her lessons.”

Berkley is one of 16 Fulbright ETAs from the United States who are placed in 16 schools in Pahang.

Read more: Teaching English via games – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/teaching-english-via-games-1.98557#ixzz1yxENmeGk

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Forum, IPT, Rencana, Subjek, Surat

Good English an advantage

Wednesday June 27, 2012




PETALING JAYA: PwC Malaysia, which was named as the top graduate employer last year, has adopted a stringent interview process which involves a written English test for its candidates as well as case studies or technical tests for more senior positions.

It will be tough for graduates to get through the interview process if their English is poor, said PwC Malaysia partner and assurance leader designate Pauline Ho.

With English being the language of commerce, she said a good grasp of the language would give employees an advantage to move up the corporate ladder at multinational corporations (MNCs).

“The ability to express your thoughts and ideas will further your career, no matter the industry you are in.

“An organisation like ours which has a presence in many places around the world offers secondment opportunities for employees. Naturally, they will need a strong command of English to qualify for any secondment,” said Ho.

Motorola Solutions Malaysia research and development head Dr Hari Narayanan said the day-to-day operations in an MNC requires employees to present, conduct reviews and communicate via e-mails in English.

“An employee who is not proficient in English will encounter various communications challenges at work. This can be a serious professional impediment, regardless of technical knowledge in their professional field,” he said.

Deloitte Malaysia country managing partner Tan Theng Hooi said graduates need

good English to thrive in the business environment.

“In our experience, a good command of English coupled with strong skill sets are two important criteria that help employees to advance their careers,” said Tan.

Despite only picking up English in university, Ernst & Young quality and risk management analyst Diong Hoe Sing is not intimidated by the English-speaking environment at his workplace.

“I feel confident when I have presentations in English,” said Diong, 29.

He said that he learnt English by memorising words and phrases from the dictionary.

Sean Cheang Shian Yee, 27, enjoys a high-flying career as a South-East Asia regional marketing executive with Jotun Paints Malaysia.

He travels regularly to Norway, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Myanmar to conduct marketing presentations and research.

“English serves as a bridge for me to reach my customers, understand their expectations and deliver the right message to them.”

2012, Arkib Berita, Inovasi, IPT

Unimas designers propose better water treatment system

Tuesday June 26, 2012



Economical: Dr Azham showing samples of EcoSagoTek’s water filtering system while Dr Khairuddin looks on.

KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) lecturer Dr Azham Zulkharnain attributes his win at the Ecopreneur 2012 to their cost-effective and practical water treatment system.

He said the good thing about the proposed system was that it could be practised in real world situations, particularly to treat waste water from sago processing factories in Pusa and Mukah.

“Normal waste water treatment systems are very costly. We have developed a more economical method to treat waste water system that had been in existence, and to adapt it for a larger scale use like sago processing factories without incurring much cost,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Azham won the “Best CEO Award” at the “Ecopreneur 2012” held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last week.

His team called “EcoSagoTek” had developed a business proposal for their revolutionary water treatment system.

The team comprised mentor associate professor Zainab Ngaini, lecturer Nordiana Ahmad Nordin and two students, Mohd Ismail Salim and Vanessa Lawai.

Dr Azham said the concept was developed since 2010, in collaboration with two sago processing plants in Mukah and Pusa.

Inspired by the management of waste product from sago processing factories in Sarawak, EcoSagoTek had put their revolutionary business plan on the global spotlight against 22 other countries namely Mongolia, Indonesia, Israel, United States, Columbia, Mexico, Turkey and Burkina Faso, winning a cash prize of US$1,000.

From the team’s research, said Dr Azham, their system cost about 30% of the total to set up a sago processing factory.

He explained that their project was to set up an efficient waste-water filtering system by means of chemically activated carbon filter.

“I did not expect to win the Best CEO Award but I think more because of the uniqueness of our team’s project, which is a solution for one of the current environmental issues,” he said.

“Cost incurred would only be maintenance cost. Based on our experimental systems, it would be less than RM2,000 a month. Comparing that to a standard water treatment system, it is much more cost effective and not burdening to sago factory operators,” he added.

Meanwhile, Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid invited any interested organisations, corporate bodies and industries to invest in the development of their water treatment system.

“We (Unimas) have to think big and bring it to the next step,” he said.

Ecopreneur is an annual international competition that highlights innovative and viable green products.

Organised by Global Talentpreneur Innovation and Collaboration Asso–ciation (Global TIC) and Young Americas Business Trust, this year’s competition was held in collaboration with the Mongolian Entrepre–neurs Organisation.

A total of 26 teams from 22 countries participated in this year’s competition.

2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

Chinese schools deserve more for its contributions

Tuesday June 26, 2012


SIBU: The 14 Chinese private secondary schools in Sarawak incur a total deficit of about RM5mil in operational costs annually.

This huge burden had to be borne by the Chinese themselves, according to Wong Nai Siong Secondary School board chairman, Temenggong Vincent Lau.

He said they had repeatedly requested for a systematic annual allocation to these schools from the Government but had yet to get positive response .

“This is because the schools had chosen not to change their education system,” he said.

He pointed out that the schools had been playing a key role in national development all these years by nurturing a lot of talents in various fields though they were not in the country’s mainstream education system.

These institutions had also been providing an alternative secondary education apart from the government-aided schools, he said.

“Over the years we have faced so many problems and limitations in running our schools, but our insistence on providing education in our mother tongue has never faded,” he said.

To him, this showed that the Chinese would continue to promote their language wherever they live because they perceive that culture is the root of a race.

“The Chinese private schools are able to survive simply because the Chinese support them financially,” he said.

That said, he regretted that some quarters saw the schools as stumbling blocks to attaining racial unity though they have existed for over half a century.

He cited former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad as an example of an individual with such an opinion.

“He said permission given by the Government to different ethnic groups to set up their own schools have split the country’s youths.

“He also said that a completely uncommunicable community would be produced if the Government recognised Chinese education and the Unified Education Certificate (UEC).”

He, therefore, described Tun Mahathir’s contention that Chinese-medium schools were to be blamed for the disharmony among the people as too harsh and unfair.

“We disagree with that line of thought. We cannot look at things from a shallow point of view in a world globalised by the advancement of information-communication technology,” he said during Wong Nai Siong Secondary School’s 45th anniversary, Teachers Day, and thanksgiving dinner.

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana

TUDM perkenal Program Kolaborasi Bersama Sekolah-Sekolah Terpilih

26 Jun 2012, Selasa


RODZALI Daud (tengah) bersama guru dan pelajar yang terlibat dalam Program Kolaborasi Bersama Sekolah-Sekolah Terpilih di hadapan pesawat pejuang MiG-29N di Pangkalan Udara Kuantan, Pahang, semalam.

KUANTAN 25 Jun – Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) buat pertama kalinya melaksanakan Program Kolaborasi Bersama Sekolah-Sekolah Terpilih di seluruh negara bagi memenuhi keperluan sumber manusia pada masa depan.

Panglima TUDM, Jeneral Tan Sri Rodzali Daud berkata, program itu bertujuan memberi pendedahan dan pengetahuan kepada para pelajar mengenai perkembangan terkini TUDM serta teknologi penerbangan pesawat masa kini.

Tambahnya, TUDM menjadi salah satu komponen utama dalam bidang teknologi penerbangan dan pesawat yang mana teknologi itu semakin berkembang pesat ketika ini.

“TUDM melihat pendedahan kepada teknologi penerbangan dan pesawat mampu menarik minat para pelajar mengenali serta memperoleh ilmu pengetahuan yang holistik.

“Pendedahan melalui program ini diharap memberi galakan kepada mereka supaya lebih bersemangat dan berminat dalam bidang aeroangkasa seterusnya melahirkan generasi muda masa depan yang terbaik untuk TUDM serta negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas majlis pelancaran program itu dengan kerjasama Kementerian Pelajaran di Pangkalan Udara Kuantan, di sini hari ini.

Sebanyak 28 sekolah terpilih antaranya Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Ahmad Shah (Semsas) Kuantan, Pahang; Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seksyen 19, Shah Alam, Selangor; SMK Datuk Ismail, Gong Kedak, Terangganu; Kolej Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar, Kedah dan SMK Simpang Pulai, Perak.

Rodzali berkata, pihaknya berharap kerjasama itu akan membuka minda para pelajar bahawa TUDM adalah peluang kerjaya pilihan yang tepat pada masa depan.

Tambahnya, TUDM akan berusaha mendekati para belia melalui pendekatan lebih intim supaya boleh berfikir dan mengenali institusi ketenteraan itu dengan lebih dekat.

“Bukan sekadar melalui media dan penerokaan teknologi terkini, tetapi kami datang kepada mereka serta turut mengundang mereka menjayakan matlamat bagi terus mempertahankan bumi tercinta ini.

“Jika para pelajar melalui sekolah-sekolah terpilih ini memilih berkhidmat dengan TUDM satu masa nanti, saya yakin ia akan mewujudkan satu ekosistem inovasi yang kondusif,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, TUDM akan terus dibentuk sebagai organisasi cemerlang, berprestasi tinggi dan mempunyai kepimpinan kukuh oleh para pelajar yang merupakan pewaris masa depan negara.