A survey of social interaction among diverse students in Malaysian Higher Learning Institutions

Ramlee Mustapha , and Norzaini Azman , and Faridah Karim , and Abdul Razak Ahmad , and Maimun Aqsha Lubis , (2009) A survey of social interaction among diverse students in Malaysian Higher Learning Institutions. International Journal of Learner Diversity , 1 (1). pp. 93-112. ISSN 2180-1630

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Polarisation among diverse ethnic groups in higher learning institutions is becoming a delicate matter in many multiracial societies. Higher education institutions are expected to be the beacon for harmony by bridging racial differences, given the atmosphere of reason, inquiry and collegiality. Higher Education institutions are in unique position to address diversity issues by creating environment that will allow positive interaction among students from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Thus, the purpose of this article was to report results of an empirical study on ethnic relation as perceived by first andfinal year undergraduates. The Campus Social Environment Survey was designed to gauge various aspects of cross racial interaction among the undergraduates in selectedprivate and public institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. The initial analysis focuses on descriptive data on four main constructs of racial integration -accommodation, acculturation, assimilation and amalgamation. Implications and recommendations for teaching and learning as well as for future research are presented and discussed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ethnic relation; social integration; plural society; Malaysian universities; campus social climate
Journal:International Journal of Learner Diversity
ID Code:3411
Deposited By: Mr Fazli Nafiah -
Deposited On:27 Jan 2012 03:17
Last Modified:23 Mar 2012 06:00

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