Rancangan Pembelajaran -Perkhidmatan: Satu Pembaharuan di Universiti Sains Malaysia

Ahmat, Sharom and Abdullah, Mohd. Akhir (1979) Rancangan Pembelajaran -Perkhidmatan: Satu Pembaharuan di Universiti Sains Malaysia. Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education , 1 (1). pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Besides teaching and research, the service function of a University is becoming more and more important. This is primarily because the task of higher education is no longer the grooming of an elitist group. Indeed universities are being constantly challenged to meet the total development needs of the people. In this context, Malaysian university students have always been conscious of their service role. Unfortunately, well meaning as they may be, most of the service-oriented projects organized by the students suffer from the fact that they tend to be ad hoc efforts, often without thorough planning, and certainly lacking in continu-tv, review and assessment. Furthermore, most of these projects also do not make the best use of what students have to offer - their intelligence. It is against this background that the Student Affairs Section at Universiti Sains Malaysia started the Study-Service Scheme. This is a social-action activity which links study with service and normally organized within the framework of the educational system, as is intended to involve undergraduates in practical activities. The distinguishing features of this scheme are as follows: (a) It is aimed to help meet basic needs of other people in a desired manner. (b) Since study-service is organized within the context of formal education, it has the education of the participants as a major objective. (c) As a result of the above, this scheme encourages and assists the University to relook at its educational system with a view to adapting it more to the needs of society. Through this scheme it is hoped that the following benefits at least in the long run will accrue: (a) The students will obtain a very important part of their education by direct practical involvement in work which is of value to the welfare of the people and the nation, as well as of value to the development of their own personality. (b) By contributing manpower and constructive ideas, the students become more mature through the practical experience of having to solve problems through their own observations and conclusions. (c) Study-service helps to bring balance to the student's perspective by getting to know through first-hand knowledge of the issues and problems facing the vast majority of the population. By their involvement in local problems and plights, this may induce them on graduation to serve these areas. (d) Student volunteers by directly helping in a wide range of development activities act as important village-level extension workers, and as catalysts for change. (e) The academic benefits are exciting for over time study-service may help orientate curriculum to the development needs of the communitv, (f) Study-service can also contribute towards the formulation of local community development policy. More importantly, in a plural society Ii ke Malaysia, study-service can help in bringing about greater ethnic integration.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Higher Education > Higher Education
Theory and Practice of Education > Social Foundations of Education
General Education
Divisions: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Depositing User: SeffetullahKuldas
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 17:04
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 17:04
URI: http://merr.utm.my/id/eprint/15136

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