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Publication Title : 5. Sujirah Binti Ibrahim & Dr.Zuraidah Binti Abdullah. Amalan-Amalan Komuniti Pembelajaran Profesional Ke Arah Keberkesanan Sekolah. Seminar Penyelidikan
Author : Dr. Zuraidah Binti Abdullah
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Kajian ini adalah berkaitan amalan Komuniti Pembelajaran Profesional (KPP). Tujuan kajian ini untuk (1) mengenal pasti tahap amalan KPP dan (2) mengenalpasti amalan-amalan KPP yang membentuk ke arah keberkesanan sekolah. Sampel kajian terdiri daripada 55 orang guru akademik dari sebuah sekolah. Instrumen kajian ini merangkumi sebahagian daripada soal selidik yang diperolehi daripada Hord(1996) iaitu soal selidik (School Professional Staff as Learning Community Questionnaire, SPSLCQ).




Publication Title : Patronage politics, plantation fires and transboundary haze
Author : Dr. Helena Binti Muhamad Varkkey
Publisher URL : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tenh20/current

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Since 1982, haze pollution has become an almost annual occurrence in Southeast Asia, with the worst episodes being in the period of 1997 to 1998 and in 2006 to 2007. Haze originates from peat and forest fires, mostly in Indonesia. The negative effects of haze can be observed at the global level, with increased carbon emissions exacerbating climate change, and more importantly at the regional level, within serious environmental and socioeconomic effects in Indonesia and its neighbouring countries. Most of these fires are manmade, and can be traced back to land clearing activities of commercial oil palm plantations. This article questions why these companies have been able to burn with such impunity, even though using fire for land clearing is against Indonesian law. It argues that local and foreign plantation companies have cultivated strong patronage linkages with key patrons among the ruling elite. Hence, patrons are encouraged to protect their clients from the repercussions of their actions. This weakens the power of the state in terms of law enforcement, where national laws against the use of fire are thus rendered useless in the face of powerful economic interests. Well-connected companies therefore continue to use fire as a cost-efficient way to clear land while disregarding its serious environmental and socioeconomic implications.




Publication Title : Comparison of capacity levels between locally and internationally educated faculty members in a public university in Malaysia
Author : Dr. Zuraidah Binti Abdullah
Publisher URL : http://standresjournals.org/journals/SJERE/

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This research aims to develop a competency model for faculties of higher education institutions in Malaysia. The model involves the listing of the main features and implementation strategy for the development of academic competence. Specifically, this research aims to answer the following questions: a) is there any significant difference between locally and internationally educated faculties in terms of capacities? b) Is there any significant correlation between the following demographics and levels of capacity? i) teaching experience, and ii) academic position; and c) What is the level of capacity effectiveness among faculties? This research applies a quantitative methodology through survey research. The sample includes 120 students in a public university evaluating 10 faculties; 5 locally educated and 5 internationally educated. The instruments involve a modified questionnaire from an original instrument by Tengku Noorainun Tengku Shahdan (2011) The data analysis will use both statistical descriptive analysis – mean and standard deviation – and statistical inference analysis – Spearman’s r correlation and Mann-Whitney U. This research found that there is no significant difference between locally and internationally educated faculties in terms of capacities when p = 0.267 (p > 0.05). For the second research question, this research found that there is no significant correlation between teaching experience with capacity level when p = 0.314. On the other hand, there is a significant correlation between academic position with capacity level when p = 0.032. For the third research question, this research found that both locally and internationally educated faculties have a high level of effectiveness and satisfactory when the overall mean score is more than 3.80. The implication of this research is faculties must pay more attention to developing themselves through scholarly works.




Publication Title : Capacity levels of the faculty members in a Malaysian public higher education institute
Author : Dr. Zuraidah Binti Abdullah
Publisher URL : http://www.skyjournals.org/SJER

Publication Abstract:
This research aims to develop a competency model for faculties of higher education institutions in Malaysia. The model involves the listing of the main features and implementation strategy for the development of academic competence. Specifically, this research aims to answer the following questions: (a) is there any significant difference between locally and internationally educated faculties in terms of capacities? (b) Is there any significant correlation between the following demographics and levels of capacity? i. Teaching experience and ii. Academic position; and (c) What is the level of capacity effectiveness among faculties? This research applies a quantitative methodology through survey research. The sample includes 120 students in a public university evaluating 10 faculties; 5 locally educated and 5 international. The instruments involves a modified questionnaire from an original instrument by Tengku Noorainun Tengku Shahdan (2011). In the data analysis will use both statistical descriptive analysis – mean and standard deviation – and statistical inference analysis – Spearman’s r correlation and Mann-Whitney U. This research found that there is no significant difference between locally and internationally educated faculties in terms of capacities when p = 0.267 (p > 0.05). For the second research question, this research found that there is no significant correlation between teaching experience with capacity level when p = 0.314. On the other hand, there is a significant correlation between academic position with capacity level when p = 0.032. For the third research question, this research found that both locally and internationally educated faculties have a high level of effectiveness and satisfactory when the overall mean score is more than 3.80. The implication of this research is faculties must pay more attention to developing themselves through scholarly works.




Publication Title : Depressive symptoms among siblings of paediatric outpatients at University Malaya Medical Centre.
Author : Dr. Subhashini A/P Jayanath
Prof. Dato' Dr. Christopher Boey Chiong Meng
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Depressive symptoms exist within the paediatric population. Nonetheless, clear clinical manifestations are often absent in this group. Objective: This study aimed to describe the prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms among siblings of paediatric outpatients. The outpatients presented for acute complaints only. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study, with data collected over a 16-month period (April 2010 to July 2011). Participants were siblings of paediatric outpatients at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a tertiary hospital in Kuala Lumpur. They were recruited via convenience sampling. They were classified into high, average and low scores based on their responses to questions in the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI; T-score >55: high, T-score 45-55: average; T-score <45: low). Children with high scores were considered to have depressive symptoms. Results: There was a response rate of 93%. One hundred (100) participants were recruited, aged 7 to 17 years and comprised of forty one (41) females and fifty nine (59) males. Twenty seven percent (27%) had high CDI scores. Death of a first degree relative within the past year significantly affected depressive scores (p < 0.05). Conclusion: It is imperative to acknowledge the existence of depressive symptoms among apparently well children.





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