Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Learning Contract Course: Experience and Performance of the First Cohort

Adi Irfan Che Ani, Norngainy Mohd Tawil, Suhana Johar, Khaidzir Ismail, Mohd Zulhanif Abd Razak


Research from different parts of the world recognizes the effectiveness of a learning contract course in improving the personal skills of students. Therefore, UKM has chosen this approach to improve the personal soft skills of its students. The university has carried out this approach by making HHHC9118-Soft Skills as a compulsory course for all students. This course requires the students to implement a project or activity in accordance with a written contract that they plan together with their instructors. Moreover, the students are awarded with eight credit hours after taking up this course. This research evaluated the effectiveness of the learning contract course in developing the soft skills of the 2,378 participants, who had already finished the course. A literature review and a survey were conducted to obtain the data. The questionnaire contained 10 statements, which were either positive or negative, that asked about the self-esteem levels of the respondents. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software. The results showed the respondents positively interpreted all the statements in the questionnaire, which proved that a learning contract successfully improved the soft skills and self-esteem of UKM students. Therefore, this approach effectively improved the soft skills of the students.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ies.v7n2p1

International Education Studies ISSN 1913-9020 (Print), ISSN 1913-9039 (Online)

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