Title: A hybrid model at the National Defence University of Malaysia: cadets' perceptions of their learning experience

Authors: Jowati Juhary

Addresses: Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Sungai Besi Camp 57000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Abstract: This paper attempts to examine the existing teaching and learning model at the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM). The main argument is that whether there are differences between teaching and learning for academic component versus military component at the university. It is further argued that in order to achieve excellence, there should be one teaching and learning culture. Data were collected through interviews with 100 cadets. It is found that there are variations of teaching and learning strategies for academic courses, in comparison to a dominant teaching and learning style for military courses. Thus, to deliver quality education and training for students at the university, the paper argues that possibly a hybrid model for teaching and learning is fundamental in order to generate a one culture of academic and military excellence for the NDUM.

Keywords: military cadets; perceptions; National Defence University Malaysia; hybrid models; learning experience; learning culture; teaching culture; military education; academic excellence; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2010.034755

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2010 Vol.6 No.2/3, pp.229 - 239

Published online: 21 Aug 2010 *

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