Knowledge in the policy process: a case study of the language-in-education policy in Malaysia / Zuraidah Zaaba...[et al.]

Zaaba, Zuraidah and Mahmoud Ramadan, Farida Ibrahim and Gunggut, Haijon and Anthony Aning, Ibianaflorinciliana Niane and Umemoto, Katsuhiro (2010) Knowledge in the policy process: a case study of the language-in-education policy in Malaysia / Zuraidah Zaaba...[et al.]. In: ICOPS 2010 : International Conference on Public Polices & Social Sciences : E-Proceedings, 26 to 27 May 2010, SP Inn Hotel, Sungai Petani Kedah, Malaysia.

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Abstract

This case study examines the language-in-education policy in Malaysia in the context of teaching science and
technology in English at higher education institutions. The language-in-education policy of teaching science and
technology in English was initiated in 1993 at higher education institutions and extended to the primary and
secondary levels in 2003. In 2009, however, the government announced that English for science and
mathematics in the primary and secondary levels will gradually be phased out by 2012. This study focuses on the
knowledge shared, utilized and created by policy makers during the policy-making process, in particular the
agenda-setting and formulation stages. Our review of the relevant literature suggests that knowledge shared,
utilized and created by policy makers in Malaysia is strongly influenced by the highly- centralized and
bureaucratic top-down system. Different policy makers are influenced by their beliefs and values, and by various
prominent individuals with competing ideologies and long-standing practices. Because the policy environment in
Malaysia is highly centralized, a new idea must go through a complicated process of exchange and selection
before it spreads through the policy environment, gets accepted by policy makers, and becomes part of an
institutional agenda.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Zaaba, Zuraidah
zurai360@uitm.edu.my
Mahmoud Ramadan, Farida Ibrahim
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Gunggut, Haijon
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Anthony Aning, Ibianaflorinciliana Niane
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Umemoto, Katsuhiro
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Educational technology
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kedah > Sg Petani Campus
Event Title: ICOPS 2010 : International Conference on Public Polices & Social Sciences : E-Proceedings
Event Dates: 26 to 27 May 2010
Page Range: pp. 1-25
Item ID: 34056
Uncontrolled Keywords: language-in-education policy; knowledge sharing, knowledge utilization; knowledge creation; agenda-setting; policy process
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/34056

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