Community Based Learning in Business Education: Is it Effective and What are the Challenges? (75847)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Students Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Sirichom Pichedboonkiat

Saturday, 25 November 2023 12:20
Session: Session 2
Room: Room G (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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Community Based Learning has been practiced by Higher Education Institution in Malaysia with the aspiration to produce graduates who are capable to apply the theories and concepts to real-life context. However, there has been little information about its’ effectiveness. This study intends to investigate the effectiveness of Community Based Learning in Business Program particularly the capstone project in Business Program offered by Polytechnic Malaysia and the challenges faced by the students. The qualitative method is employed to gather the reflections on the process and outcome of the experience via interviews with 36 students from 2 cohorts. Thematic analysis is used to interpret the data and the findings show that the capstone project activates the learning outcomes of academic knowledge, general skills, practical competencies, personal growth and civic responsibility while lack of resources and self-incompetence are the two main challenges faced by students. The findings of this study offer insights into the process of aligning related policy with Community Based Learning as well as demonstrating support for Community Based Learning.

Lewis Teo Piaw Liew, Politeknik Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia
Melissa Audrey Adriana Liu Abdullah, Politeknik Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia
Khatijah Binti Ibrahim, Politeknik Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00