Managing Curriculum Change in Malaysian Higher Education: A Critical Review of the Literature

Pengurusan Perubahan Kurikulum dalam Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia: Satu Tinjauan Literatur

  • Jefferson Sim Poh Thong Open University Malaysia
  • Irene Chang Hui Chung Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus


This paper provides a comprehensive and insightful critical review of the literature pertaining to curriculum change within the Malaysian higher education sector. Beginning with a concise overview of the historical context of curriculum change, the review is structured into distinct sections that delve into various sub-topics. These include an examination of the rationale behind the need for curriculum change, an exploration of the multifaceted processes and aspects involved in effecting curriculum change, an analysis of the crucial role of leadership in successfully managing such change, and an assessment of the prevailing directions and contemporary issues surrounding the organization and implementation of curriculum change. Ultimately, this paper underscores the significance of implementing diverse strategies to facilitate successful curriculum changes as a dynamic and ongoing process. Moreover, it emphasizes the imperative for higher education providers to possess strong leadership capabilities to foster agility and prompt responsiveness in the face of curriculum change challenges.

How to Cite
POH THONG, Jefferson Sim; HUI CHUNG, Irene Chang. Managing Curriculum Change in Malaysian Higher Education: A Critical Review of the Literature. Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Pendidikan Teknikal | Journal of Social Sciences and Technical Education (JoSSTEd), [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 93-105, june 2023. ISSN 2716-6740. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 july 2024.

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