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Quality assurance in higher education in the Maldives: are we listening to the students?

Naseer, Mariyam Shahuneeza and Al-Hidabi, Dawood Abdulmalek Yahya (2020) Quality assurance in higher education in the Maldives: are we listening to the students? Intellectual Discourse, 28 (2). pp. 599-621. ISSN 0128-4878 E-ISSN 2289-5639

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Abstract

Students are at the center of higher education which makes it essential that their voices are heard and what students perceive as high quality are known to the providers of higher education. The purpose of this nationwide quantitative survey was to find out what students identified as markers of quality in higher education. As this is the first study of its kind in the country, it is expected that the results of this study would be valuable to higher education institutions and higher education policy makers to cater the need of the students. Responses from 25.17% (N=2580) of the target population were used to statistically analyze the data. Results showed that students identified delivery and teaching methods; amount of contact; feedback; curriculum relevancy and being challenged by what they are learning; awareness and availability of support networks; relationships and interactions; and accessibility and availability of facilities as markers of quality. ********************************************************************************* Pelajar adalah nadi utama yang menggerakkan universiti yang menjadikan ianya satu keperluan untuk suara mereka didengari dan anggapan mereka terhadap kualiti tinggi perlu diketahui oleh institusi pendidikan tinggi. Tujuan tinjauan kuantitatif di seluruh Maldives ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui apakah ukuran kualiti pengajian tinggi bagi tanggapan pelajar. Oleh kerana kajian ini merupakan yang pertama kali dilakukan di negara ini, keputusan kajian dijangka memberi manfaat kepada institusi pengajian tinggi dan pembuat polisi di pengajian tinggi dalam menyediakan keperluan pelajar. Maklum balas daripada 25.17% (N=2580) populasi yang disasarkan digunakan untuk menganalisa data secara statistik menggunakan chi-square test of independence. Hasil kajian menunjukkan bahawa pelajar mengenalpasti kaedah penyampaian dan pengajaran; bilangan perjumpaan; maklum balas; kesesuaian kurikulum and cabaran yang dihadapi dalam pembelajaran; kesedaran dan ketersediaan rangkaian sokongan; hubungan dan interaksi; dan kebolehcapaian dan ketersediaan fasiliti sebagai ukuran terhadap kualiti.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7695/86917
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality assurance, student voice, higher education, Maldives Jaminan kualiti, suara pelajar, pendidikan tinggi
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Professor Abdulmalek Yahya Al-Hidabi Dawood
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2020 11:46
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2020 11:46
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/86917

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