EMPOWERING TVET INSTRUCTORS: A TPACK APPROACH WITH DEMOGRAPHIC INSIGHTS
Munirah Dawi Saifuddin1*, Hamidah M. Yunus1, Abg Abd Malik Yusuf2
1Politeknik Kuching Sarawak, Sarawak
2Kolej Vokasional Matang, Sarawak
This conceptual paper explores the critical objective of enhancing the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates to advance our nation's economy. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the pivotal role of TVET instructors, recognizing that their proficiency in teaching methodologies and specialized expertise is paramount. Additionally, it acknowledges the transformative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TVET education, accelerating the imperative of incorporating technology. Utilizing the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework as the methodology, an in-depth analysis of TVET instructor knowledge is conducted. The framework enables the unraveling of the intricate integration of technology in TVET instruction. Key demographic factors, including gender, teaching experience, academic qualifications, and specialization fields, are investigated to comprehensively understand their collective influence on educators' TPACK proficiency. The results of the investigation
reveal a complex interplay among these demographic factors. They do not operate in isolation but rather intertwine to shape educators' readiness to harness the power of technology in their instructional practices. This understanding allows stakeholders to formulate adaptable policies that empower TVET instructors to align their educational approaches with the evolving needs of industries. In conclusion, within the evolving landscape of education, TVET instructors are poised to take a leadership role in enriching discussions on technology integration and workforce empowerment. By leveraging the TPACK framework, instructors can shape exceptional learning experiences, thereby preparing students to confront the challenges posed by advancing technology. Ultimately, this paper underscores the indispensable role of TVET instructors in driving the quality and relevance of TVET education, in alignment with the Ministry of Higher Education's vision.
TVET TPACK, Demographic factors