There will be one research centre at the Perak Branch Campus, named Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies. Members of this research centre will carry out individual research, group research and collaborative research with researchers from other Department/Faculties, institution(s) and industry partners. Members can provide consultancy and testing services with the equipment available at the Perak Branch Campus based on approved guidelines and charges. The objectives of the Research Centre are to:
- promote and encourage research, design, development and consultancy activities;
- engage academic staff and/or students in research activities;
- ensure a continuity of research;
- engage students in experiential learning opportunities through research projects;
- enable multidisciplinary collaboration;
- facilitate joint projects with appropriate industries;
- attract external research grant;
- create opportunities for commercialisation of research outcomes;
- create a platform of knowledge development and sharing.
To become an active research centre for multidisciplinary research, specifically research in the Educational Psychology, Learning and Teaching. This centre aims to generate research that is leading edge that will attract research grants as well as creating opportunities for commercialisation of research outcomes.
Research Groups, Leaders and Members
This group is conducting research into student learning and strategies to teach. It aims to catalyse and support excellence in teaching and learning through innovative research-based instructional and learning strategies. It will also provide consultancy and workshops on innovative and creative teaching strategies.
To become an outstanding and current centre for education psychology and instructional strategies by
- Organising research activities that will promote the spirit of learning and knowledge generation specifically in education and innovation instructional techniques and strategies among members of the faculty and students.
- Train undergraduate and postgraduate students by enriching their learning through research activities.
Leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Choy Siew Chee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major of Study/Specialisation: Education, Education Psychology
Area of Interest: Perceptions, Teacher Education, Student Learning, Attitudes, STEM Education
Research Projects Undertaken:
- Learners' Awareness of Learning: An Investigation to Assess Affective, Behaviour and Cognitive Learning (Completed in 2016)
- Learners' Awareness of Learning: A Comparative Study on Learning Strategies among Hospitality Management Students' from Malaysia and the UK (Completed in 2016)
- Process of quality assurance among the management, teachers and students in Faculty of Arts, Social Science and Humanities, TARUC (Completed in 2016)
- Learners' Awareness of Learning: A Comparative Study on Learning Strategies among Students from Malaysia and the United States (Completed in 2017)
- Process of Quality Assurance among the Management, Teachers and Students in Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing, TARUC (Completed in 2017)
- Process of Quality Assurance among the Management, Teachers and Students in Faculty of Accounting, Finance and Business (FAFB), Faculty of Engineering (FOEN), and Faculty of Built Environment (FOBE), TARUC (Completed in 2018)
- Student's Perceptions of Quality Teaching - A Comparison of Teaching Approaches and Strategies from Malaysia and the UK (Completed in 2018)
- Revalidation of the Learner Awareness Questionnaire with added Constructs (On-going)
- A Comparative Study on Reflective Thinking Practices among Malaysian and Australian Teachers: Incorporating Critical and Deep Thinking Skills into Problem Solving Strategies (Completed in 2020)
- Students’ Perceptions of Quality Teaching – Differences among Students in the Dual Award Programme and the Dual Award with one Semester Abroad Programme.(On-going)
Research Achievement (Publications and Presentations):
- Development of parametric instruments that will provide relevant and current information to enhance the learning experience of students
- Design studies that will generate information that will enhance the teaching and learning process for academic staff and students.
- External grants from industry partners
- Foreign and government grants
The Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies, Perak Branch Campus will be proposing the following research projects:
- Collaboration with Curtin University, Australia on research into “Reflective Thinking Practices among Malaysian and Australian Teachers: Incorporating Critical and Deep Thinking Skills into Problem Solving Strategies”. The Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies intends to apply a small internal research grant to facilitate travel expenses incurred for data collection. It is hoped this collaboration will produce at least two high impact publications.
- Further to the research on dual award students, the Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies intends to propose research collaboration with the Faculty of Communication and Creative Industries, Main Campus to carry out further investigations on other groups of students studying the local dual award programmes. It is hoped this collaboration will produce at least a conference paper and a high impact journal publication.
- The Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies will also be preparing to propose a collaboration with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Main Campus to carry out a project on Students’ Perception of the Aging Community in Malaysia. This project aims to determine the type of social education to be incorporated into programmes to bring about awareness of the aging population in Malaysia. We will be writing a grant to be submitted to MYRA with the intention of obtaining enough funding for a master by research student to be a research assistant. Output for the projects will be at least two high impact publications and two conference papers.
- The Research Centre for Educational Psychology and Instructional Strategies in collaboration with Campbell University, Faculty of Education would like to conduct a joint research study into “Revalidate the Learner Awareness Level Questionnaire (LALQ)” with added constructs. The current study will expand on the LALQ to include dimensions like learning styles, self-efficacy and learner awareness which again be validated using student samples from both countries using a multitrait-multimethod matricx approach.