THE IMPACT OF MALAYSIAN POLYTECHNIC TVET LECTURERS RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT ON THEIR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICES
The achievement of higher learning institutions relies on competent lecturers who have the knowledge, competencies and skills to conduct effective teaching and learning. Besides excellent pedagogical skills, TVET lecturers at Malaysian polytechnics are expected to be active in research-oriented activities. Although there have been various studies conducted on TVET lecturers’ professional practices, very few studies seem to have explored the views of TVET lecturers towards the influence of research engagement on their professional teaching practices. Adopting a quantitative method, the objectives of the study are to explore the current level of Malaysian polytechnic TVET lecturers’ research engagement and the attitudes and perception towards the impact of research engagement on their professional teaching practices. A survey link was emailed to 128 TVET lecturers from various Malaysian polytechnics who took part in a National TVET conference called CiE-TVET. There were 82 TVET lecturers participated in this survey. Majority of them actively engaged in research works. The study shows that their research engagement has positively impacted their teaching and learning practices.