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The perceptions and practices of the integration of knowledge amongst the academics of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Hussien, Suhailah and Ssekamanya, Siraje Abdallah and Ismail, Nik Ahmad Hisham (2013) The perceptions and practices of the integration of knowledge amongst the academics of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). In: 1st World Congress on Integration and Islamicisation of Acquired Human Knowledge (FWCII 2013), 23-25 August 2013, Prince Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

IIUM’s vision and mission is its commitment to the integration of values with the modern fields of knowledge. Today, Islamization and integration have emerged as niche areas of the IIUM. There are various phases and orientations of the implementation of Islamization of knowledge (IOK) at the IIUM. Furthermore, the tolerant atmosphere in the IIUM has encouraged many scholars and staff to use their own approaches of Islamization. IIUM academic staff also integrates Islamic values into the University curriculum in different ways. However, the problem is an evaluating these various ways of integrating Islamic values into the University curriculum. The study is important as its helps IIUM to identify and monitor the areas of specialization that need to be improved with regards to the Islamic values integration. Thus, the aim of the paper is to investigate the perceptions and practices of IIUM academics in their effort to do IOK. The study is exploratory in nature and involves focus group discussion (FGD) with six kuliyyahs namely Kuliyyah of Engineering., ICT, Laws (AIKOL), Economics (ENM), IRKHS, and Science. Each FGD lasted between one to two hours, and involved about five to six lectures from each Kuliyyah. Two broad themes were generated from the data, which are perceptions and practices of IOK. The general findings of the study reveal that IIUM academic perceive and practice IOK differently according to their background and various specializations. IIUM academics generally perceive IOK as an important endeavor through challenging, yet differ in their views of its success. Meanwhile, the practices of IOK involve content, teaching and learning, materials, research and publication, assessment, and students. IIUM academics face many challenges in implementing IOK such as lack of resources, lack of academic involvement in IOK activities, and lack of Islamic knowledge to integrate technical, scientific and conventional knowledge. The study suggests that with proper and continuous support from the University, IOK could be implemented more effectively.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2571/32276
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamization, integration, Curriculum, Qualitative study
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Farhan Istikarah
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 01:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/32276

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