The Importance Of Integration In Education

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As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education is an investment and becomes a fundamental to nation-building and unity, not only for the Malaysia, but also in other countries around the world. In line with the Malaysian Education, Philosophy, it is a challenge for us preparing Malaysia’s students for the needs of the 21st century to produce individuals who are “intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and harmonious, based on a firm belief in and devotion to God.” In terms of learning, it is an active process that must involve students’ engagement. Integrated teaching and learning is essential for a dynamic and holistic interaction between the lecturers and students. Therefore, in my faculty, health and sciences, especially, we incorporated active engagement, attainment to students, shared, sustained conversations and intentional teaching. A recent study done by Shah and Uresh, (2016) revealed that an integrated approached is the best and significant process compared to isolated learning, for students in universities. Integration in education can be defined as co-ordination in teaching learning activities to ensure harmonious functioning of the educational processes (Shah & Uresh, 2016). Generally, this approach can be delivered by two-way mediums which are (1) Vertical Integrative Teaching and (2) Horizontal Integrative Teaching. So far this method has been applied in my learning
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