Exploring Students’ Reactions and Preferences in Learning CTU552 Philosophy and Current Issues: A Qualitative Study

  • Nurul Badriyah Ali Akademi Pengajian Islam Kontemporari (ACIS) Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor Kampus Segamat
  • Syazwani Abd Rahim UiTM JOHOR
  • Syaimak Ismail Akademi Pengajian Islam Kontemporari (ACIS) Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perlis, Kampus Arau
  • Amni Haslinda Alpandi Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


The educational paradigm these days has changed with the increasing interest in student-centred learning (SCL) approaches. Hence, students’ learning experiences must be highlighted to facilitate them in achieving effective learning outcomes. The focus of this study was on Philosophy and Current Issues because this course is considered less favoured among students and more difficult compared to other courses, but it is compulsory for all students in higher institutions. Thus, this study aimed to identify UiTM Johor Branch students’ reactions and to explore their preferences in learning CTU552 Philosophy and Current Issues. In this qualitative study, primary data were collected using questionnaires with open-ended questions that required respondents to self-record their answers via a Google form. Questionnaires were distributed to students in UiTM Johor Branch, who registered for this course for two semesters. The period of study included the October 2022 to February 2023 semester and the March to July 2023 semester. This study collected 157 answers from students involved in this survey. This study found that the respondents enjoyed learning CTU552 because of the attractive methods of delivery, the instructor’s personality, the good environment, the life practices, and the provision of new knowledge. There were several challenges in learning this subject because of difficulty, but most respondents were attracted to the uniqueness of the philosophies that were able to explain current issues. This study also found that the respondents preferred simple and understandable explanations, and a fun and stress-free environment, with the inclusion of attractive activities, such as quizzes, games, and additional materials. In conclusion, it is important to highlight these students’ reactions and preferences to ensure an effective learning session.


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ALI, Nurul Badriyah et al. Exploring Students’ Reactions and Preferences in Learning CTU552 Philosophy and Current Issues: A Qualitative Study. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 75-88, mar. 2024. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ajress/article/view/25573>. Date accessed: 20 may 2024.
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