Policy into practice: the challenge for special education in Malaysia.

Hussin, S. and Quek, A.H. and Loh, S.C. (2008) Policy into practice: the challenge for special education in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Experiential Learning, 8-12 Dis 2008, Sydney, Australia. (Submitted)

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The mission of education in Malaysia is to develop a world-class quality education system which will realize the full potentials of all Malaysians and fulfill the national aspiration of attaining a developed country status by 2020. This Malaysian mission of education endorses the UNESCO declaration of ‘Education for All’ and the ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy for the purpose of sustainable development. The transformation of these policies to practice presents challenges to Malaysian educators, specifically the educators in the area of special education in Malaysia. This paper seeks to discuss the challenges identified in transforming policy into practice and how such challenges can be overcome in Malaysia. Some observations and feedback were gathered through research visits to a nongovernmental organisation which runs programmes for children with autism and also associated inclusive education programmes in a government school. Among the challenges identified are a lack of financial support, insufficient teaching resources, the lack of staff members, difficulties of integration and programme implementation. The paper further discussed ways in overcoming the challenges of applying policy into practice, among them includes smart partnership, managerial support, continuous professional development, provision of teacher aids and related facilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 07:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 06:18
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10347

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