Profiling Gen-Y Aspiration in Nationhood Education in Realizing the Malaysian Education Blueprint

Rohani Haji Abdul Ghani, Ahmad Shukri Abdul Hamid, Zulhilmi Paidi, Fahainis Mohd Yusof, Nor Azlah Sham Rambely and Mohamed Ali Haniffa

Nationhood education (NE) is a compulsory component of the Malaysian higher education curriculum. In the maintime, most of the higher learning institution’s students are gen Y and they were exposed to the curriculum which fits with their careers later. At the same time, curriculum at higher learning institutions also consist with NE subjects. The objective of NE is to educate the students on the importance of the concept of nationhood while at the same time instill a sense of patriotism amongst them. The Malaysia Educational Blueprint (MEB) has been devised as a comprehensive framework to transform the education landscape towards a more dynamic and sustainable teaching and learning for Malaysians up to the year 2025. Five main educational aspirations were identified within the MEB: access, quality, equity, unity and efficiency. Of these, the unity dimension contains aspirations to educate Malaysians with values and knowledge that are conducive for the development of their sense of nationhood and patriotism. This study combines qualitative and quantitative methods. The quantitative methods were used to survey the opinions of gen Y with regard to their experience taking nationhood subjects at their respective higher learning institutions. A total of respondents are 452 students from both public and private higher learning institutions throughout the country, and a total of five (5) prominent figures and stakeholders were interviewed. This paper reports some findings of a study on the perception of the Y generation towards nationhood subjects within tetiary education curriculum. The findings suggest that generation Y possesses a rather mixed perception regarding the state of the subject as they currently experience them. This lack of agreeableness is a reflection of the many facets of the teaching and learning process associated with the subject itself, as well as the students’ tendency to put value on the subject matter. Taken as it is, the findings provide a glimpse of the actual aspirations of the Y generation vis-a-vis those of the nation’s.

Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 650-656