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The Orang Asli Literacy Project - Combining Research and Social Responsibility in a Technological University

Renganathan, Sumathi and Chong, Su Li and Valenzuela, Joan (2010) The Orang Asli Literacy Project - Combining Research and Social Responsibility in a Technological University. Proceedings of the International University Social Responsibility (IUSRCE 2010) Conference and Exhibition . ISSN ISBN 978-983-42420-5-3

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In this paper I share my challenges and experiences as a researcher in an academic institution where the research project which initially began as part of an academic research initiative expanded to helping a marginalized community in need. As a social science researcher in a technological university which emphasizes natural science research, opportunities and motivation to carry out social based research is hard to come by. This then becomes a challenge. Furthermore, being a minority among academics from the Engineering and Technology disciplines, obtaining funding and carrying out social based research is difficult. In this paper, I share the conception of the “Orang Asli Literacy Programme” and share the challenges faced in executing this project. Note: In this paper, the pronoun “I” refers to the first author and “we” and “our” will refer to the first author and co authors Keywords—Research; Orang Asli; Literacy; community service

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Management & Humanities
ID Code:3401
Deposited By: Dr Sumathi Renganathan
Deposited On:27 Dec 2010 00:32
Last Modified:21 Mar 2014 20:28

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