Digitally Engendering Soft Skills Through Stixy – A Web-based Bulletin Board.

Shi Ing, Ng and Kean Wah, Lee and Choon Keong, Tan and Li Min, Yeo Digitally Engendering Soft Skills Through Stixy – A Web-based Bulletin Board. 3l: The Southeast Asaian Journal Of English Language Studies,, 18(3) ( 73-89).

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Abstract

There have been complaints by private sectors about the quality of local graduates as an “employable asset” which for private sectors are paramount for career and industry success. In an effort to imbue local undergraduates with requisite soft skills, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are tasked to comply with the “Malaysian Qualifications Framework” to guarantee quality of soft skills among graduates. Traditionally, soft skills are “learnt” while pre-service teachers are engaged in project related assignments and assessment of soft skills is done during Q&A sessions. However, there is a possibility of developing soft skills by using Web 2.0 tools during learning. This study investigates the efficacy and the extent of the suitability of a free formed, web-based bulletin board, Stixy, as a learning platform to inculcate soft skills through collaborative knowledge building. This study examines Stixy as a platform to implement soft skills amongst thirty eight (N=38) first year TESL pre-service teachers at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The pre-service teachers use Stixy as a bulletin board to contribute and discuss ideas in the process of creating a poster for an English Language literature assignment. Using elicitation tools such as questionnaire, focus-group interviews, reflective journals, both quantitative and qualitative data were gathered. Quantitative data were analysed descriptively using mean and standard deviation, while qualitative data were content analysed discoursally based on Soeller’s (2001) Collaborative Learning Conversation Skills Taxonomy (CLCS). Findings indicate that Stixy has succeeded in promoting soft skills through collaborative knowledge building and was adopted favorably by the pre-service teachers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stixy; Free-formed Web-based Bulletin Board, Soft Skills Development; Knowledge Building; Web And Pedagogy 2.0
Subjects: Linguistics Education > TESL
Divisions: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Depositing User: @ IT Manager UTM...
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 17:06
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 06:35
URI: http://merr.utm.my/id/eprint/1081

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