Idris, Rodiah and Ariffin, Siti Rahayah and Mohd Ishak, Noriah (2009). Pengaruh kemahiran generik dalam kemahiran pemikiran kritikal, penyelesaian masalah dan komunikasi pelajar Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Malaysian Journal of Learning & Instruction, 6. pp. 103-38. ISSN 2180-2483
Purpose – The purpose of this study was to identify the contribution of generic skills on communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Method – This study used the Generic Skills Instrument for Higher Education (GeSIHE) developed by a group of researchers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The GeSIHE instrument contains 13 constructs with 102 items, and was administered to 1,262 students in 12 faculties at UKM. The samples were clustered and randomly chosen. Findings – The reliability construct of GeSIHE was high i.e. 0.98 to 0.99. The multi-regression stepwise analysis showed that leadership skills or the capacity to lead and frequent brief interactions with others is the significant key index that shows a university student’s skill in communication. On the other hand, lifelong learning or life time learning potential and ability to generate ideas is the key index which shows that a university student is skilled in critical thinking and problem solving. Value – This study will render guidance to students, teaching staff, university and stakeholders of the importance of moulding generic skills in teaching and learning.
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