Culture and learner beliefs: a study of three Malay postgraduate students / Faizah A Majid

A Majid, Faizah (2008) Culture and learner beliefs: a study of three Malay postgraduate students / Faizah A Majid. Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE), 4 (1). pp. 127-142. ISSN 1823-7797


Culture influences how people experience. Although there is literature on how culture can influence adult learners’ orientation to learning, there is little on how culture influences the nature of successful learning amongst adults (Merriam and Mohamad, 2000). The purpose of this paper is to examine how cultural values influence a selected group of successful adult learners’ views on learning in the Malaysian education context. A qualitative research design was adopted to explore this question. Three postgraduates who had completed their studies on time were interviewed. Using the constant comparative method of data analysis (Wellington, 2000), five cultural values as identified by Abdullah (1996) and Hofstede (1991); collectivistic, religious, relationship-oriented, hierarchical, and face conscious were used to serve as the main themes in the analysis. In analysing the data, three cultural values emerged; religious, relationship-oriented and, collectivistic. These findings have implications for understanding how cultural values may influence adult Malay students’ views on learning.


Item Type: Article
CreatorsID Num. / Email
A Majid,
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
Journal: UiTM Journal > Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 127-142
Item ID: 352
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malay cultural values, successful postgraduates, views on learning


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