Sustainable Socio-Cultural Teacher Education Framework for Indigenous People (IP) in Malaysia

Research members:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fariza Puteh Behak
  2. Dr. Noor Saazai Mat Saad
  3. Dr. Mohd Muzhafar Idrus
  4. Dr. Suraini Mohd Ali
  5. Dr. Haliza Harun
  6. Dr. Ramiaida Darmi
  7. Normazla Ahmad Mahir
  8. Nordalila Mohamad Nazri
  9. Dr. Mashitah Sulaiman
  10. Prof. Dr. Siti Rugayah Hj. Tibek
  11. Prof. Dr. Munirah Ghazali
  12. Dr. Vivien Yew Wong Chin
  13. Prof. Ong Eng Tek
  14. Dr. Wahiza Wahi

This research involves a development of a sustainable socio-cultural teacher education framework for teachers, whether pre- or in-service. The framework is grounded in the dynamic interaction among indigenous population communities embodied in a project of achieving new insights into the links between socio-cultural intricacies and education. Located within sustainability in education, it is a way of re-imagining a novel socio-cultural teacher education framework to disrupt normal ways of teaching and understanding indigenous people. This exploration about developing a socio-cultural education framework reflects individual and collective beliefs on teachers in general and teacher-trainees in particular, leading to pressing questions on changing landscape of indigenous people’s education. Qualitative approach informs about the ways in which we view indigenous people’s education. Teacher trainees, directly involved with indigenous people, are interviewed individually, while round-table discussion will involve experts on indigenous people and relevant government officers.  Documents regarding indigenous people and their links to education are also scrutinized.

The objectives of this research are:

  1. To document and map out teacher training colleges, policies, and critical factor analysis of successful indigenous people.
  2. To investigate the socio-cultural learning, socio-economic and present level of literacies.
  3. To develop a framework of sustainable education and propose a subject on indigenous people to teacher training colleges and other universities/institutions with education program.
  4. To develop a framework on Islamic spiritual guidance in education among indigenous people that impacts indigenous people’s identity in the quest to formulate a role-model for other Muslim’s indigenous people.
  5. To explore how indigenous knowledge is transferred among indigenous people and broader kampung community.

This research on conceptualizing a socio-cultural teacher education framework for indigenous people proposes an alternative way of making connection between sustainability, education, and indigenous people.

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