A Study on the Level of Intercultural Knowledge among Malaysian Secondary School Students

Marsani, Fatin Najwa Amelia and Mehar Singh, Manjet Kaur and Jaganathan, Paramaswari and Nathan Abdullah, Ahmad Sofwan and Karupiah, Premalatha (2016) A Study on the Level of Intercultural Knowledge among Malaysian Secondary School Students. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 5 (6). pp. 18-25. ISSN 2200-3592

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Malaysia is typified by three major ethnic groups namely Malay, Chinese and Indian. The evolution of national unity in Malaysia, which is based on acceptance and tolerance towards different cultures has been allowed to flourish in tandem with the realization of national aspirations. Even though education system is seen to be the best tool to cultivate team work among these three major ethnic groups, contemporary research reveals that there is still a lack of intercultural embedment in both tertiary and non-tertiary settings. Worst, non-tertiary setting national schools are seen as the breeding ground of racial polarization. Thus, the main objectives of this research is to explore the level of intercultural knowledge that can enhance intercultural awareness among Malaysian secondary school students. Data was collected using a structured survey questionnaire to elicit responses from Form Four students in one national secondary school in Penang, Malaysia on their level of intercultural knowledge. The results of this study shows low level of intercultural knowledge among secondary school students and it indicates poor intercultural awareness among them in the contexts of intercultural knowledge. This suggest that classroom intervention is needed to improve the students’ intercultural knowledge and at the same time improve their intercultural sensitivity towards other cultures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H1-99 Social sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P1-1091 Philology. Linguistics(General)
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Bahasa Literasi & Terjemahan (School of Languages, Literacies and Translation) > Article
Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan (School of Social Sciences) > Article
Depositing User: Mr Noorazilan Noordin
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 04:10
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 04:10
URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/38216

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