Content analysis of problem-based learning on engineering students’ unemployment awareness

Mohd Haniff Osman, (2022) Content analysis of problem-based learning on engineering students’ unemployment awareness. Jurnal Kejuruteraan, 34 (SI5(2)). pp. 191-197. ISSN 0128-0198


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Qualitative content analysis can be applied to analysing textual words written in different types of reflection assignments. Thus, the aim of this research is to investigate the adoption of problem-based learning (PBL) learning to understanding the knowledge and level of awareness of chemical engineering students regarding graduate unemployment in Malaysia. Participants are 88 second-year students enrolled on the Differential Equation course at the National University of Malaysia. With technological breakthroughs in computerised text analysis that enable researchers to collect and analyse large amounts of textual data, content analysis employing an inductive approach is used to analyse students’ PBL reflective writing which expresses whether all the main factors of graduate unemployment can be identified. The result reveals that almost 80% of participants were unable to meet the requirement of the first stage of PBL, which is to identify the critical learning issue i.e., unemployment factors. This group of students only managed to identify person-related factors associated to unemployment: working experience and soft skills. Only 15 participants, however, have successfully identified all six factors influencing graduate employability. Practical learning, entrepreneurial skills, internal audit and basic qualifications of graduates, along with soft skills and working experience are the main components of the higher education curriculum that have a significant impact on the unemployment problem of graduates in Malaysia if they are revised. The findings have important implications for how the institution can properly plan and take appropriate actions to raise unemployment awareness among students at an early stage of their study.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Problem-based learning; Content analysis; Student’s awareness; Differential equations; Graduate unemployment
Journal:Jurnal Kejuruteraan
ID Code:21451
Deposited By: Mohd Hamka Md. Nasir
Deposited On:04 Apr 2023 05:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2023 03:00

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