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Informal Learning Model for Engineering Technology Teachers

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This research was conducted on four main topics of teaching methods, teacher deterrent factor of informal learning, personal characteristics and their learning culture. This quantitative study using a sample of 70 respondents which is the teachers of Engineering Technology subject in Peninsular Malaysia. The researchers used questionnaires that had the reliability α=0871 as an instrument. Data that are collected were analyzed by using Winstep Software that uses Rasch Model in which the analytical procedure using the definition of constructs, the formulation of the item difficulty and ability of the respondent, the polarity item, statistical compatibility item (item fit), precision measuring tools and the appropriateness of the target respondents. Spearman's Correlation is also used to determine the relationship between the two variables. The results (a) respondents gave their offense to improve knowledge of the mean value of 4.56, (b) with the mean value of 2.94, respondents indicated that they had been burden with the workload and this disturbs their learning process, (c) the male respondent shown that they are more frequently to obtain information through the web site and like to discuss the weaknesses in public compared with the mean value of female respondents 2:38, (d) of the respondents learning styles differ according to their age, (e) of respondents worked as a teacher new to make faster decisions based on facts than those who prefer to experience the training program to increase knowledge, (f) there was no significant correlation between the culture of learning with teachers involvement with the 0.005 correlation values, (g) there exists a factor preventing the respondents from the process of informal learning, but it does not interfere with their learning process. Finally, a model of informal learning methods developed in contributing ideas and knowledge that can be used by teachers of Engineering Technology.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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