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Oral Communication Ability in English: An Essential Skill for Engineering Graduates

Idrus, Hairuzila and Salleh, Rohani and Abdullah, Muhammad Ridhuan Tony Lim (2011) Oral Communication Ability in English: An Essential Skill for Engineering Graduates. [Citation Index Journal]

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Good communication skills are essentila to a person's job performance. Employers are now emphasizing that success as an engineer requires more than simply strong technical capabilities; communication is among the skills that are also needed. In this era of globalization, English has become one of the most important languages of communication. This, it is very important that future engineers be able to communicate well in English. Self-efficacy refers to an individual's belief that he or she is capable of performing a task (Robbins & Judge, 2007). A strong sense of self-efficacy enhances one's accomplishments and personal well-being in many ways (Bandura, 1986). Since communication is an important skill sought after by employers, it is vital to know the self-efficacy of future engineering graduates in order to ensure that they will step into the real world adequately prepared. This article discusses the perceived self-efficacy of 169 senior-year engineering students regarding their ability to communicate in English. A set of questionnaires degigned to assess students' level of self-efficacy was administered. Factor analysis results reveal three underlying constructs for self-efficacy: aptitude, attitude and aspiration. Aoverall the findings show that senior engineering students possess high self-efficacy beliefs in all three constructs studied. The implications of the findings to theory and practice are discussed.

Item Type:Citation Index Journal
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Management & Humanities
ID Code:7343
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email hairuzi@petronas.com.my
Deposited On:19 Dec 2011 00:54
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:23

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