Soft skills in polytechnic: students' perspectives


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Author: Mai, Riam Chau


This paper reports students' perceptions on the importance of soft skills and perceived level of soft skills competencies, as included in the Industrial Training Soft Skills [ITSS] module, assessed before and after industrial attachment in various companies. The research involves a survey of 353 pre-industrial training students and 359 post-industrial training students using a six-point Likert scale. The population consists of students who had undergone the ITSS module from four polytechnics in the northern region of Malaysia (Kedah, Perlis, Penang). It is a combination of established...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Providers of education and training; Vocational education and training; Students; Teaching and learning; Industry

Keywords: Polytechnic; Competence; Technical education and training; Perception; Curriculum; Education industry relationship; Soft skills

Geographic subjects: Asia; Malaysia

Published: Manila, Philippines: Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), 2014

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Journal volume: 2

Journal date: 2014

Pages: pp. 107-122

ISSN: 2244-6982

Resource type: Article

Document number: TD/TNC 122.495

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