We had a proposal defense session for Dr. Zakiah’s PhD student this morning. The session was chaired by AP Dr. Aqeel with Dr. Rustam as his assistance. While Prof. Yeo and myself as the examiners.
Among the main points I learned today is that contextualising special education in a PhD research project requires a candidate to:
(1) accurately conceptualise the research focus (i.e. in this project the focus is children with autism);
(2) differentiate the terms employed (for example what is the differences between “special education” and “inclusive education”);
(3) highlight the issue within the Malaysian context (e.g. the issue of diagnosis of autism in Malaysia).
Thank you Prof. Yeo for the detail explanations related to the three points mentioned above. And congratulations to Natasha Amira (PPPE) for successfully negotiated her proposal defence. All best wishes.
Unboxing this copy of “Philosophy of Education” by Nel Noddings, which safely arrived this week. Online purchase via Book Depository UK, delivered by PosMalaysia. Now at least I have the recent reference for SHPP1002 Philosophy of Education.
The Reflective Brain group presented two papers during the 8th IEEE Symposium on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (SASSP 2020)
It was virtually organised IEEE Signal Processing Society Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology (FTKEE), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).
Shanthini presented her paper entitled “Functional Connectivity Pattern of Dyslexic Brain during Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) Tasks Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) Signals”.
Fatini presented hers entitled “Brain Functional Connectivity During Reflective Thinking Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) Signals”.
Alhamdulillah, on the 30 October 2020, we received an email from RMC informing that our Reflective Brain project successfully secured FRGS 2020 (Phase 1). The project, which is officially entitled “Framework for Critical Reflective Thinking based on Neuroeducational Approach“, has been approved and granted RM56,200 from the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
Personally, this is my second time receiving FRGS after my first project ended in 2016. Indeed, it was quite competitive this time around. 142 (out of 362) applications from UTM succeeded in securing the grant. Credits should be given to my faculty, FSSH, in collaboration with my Research Alliance, for all the workshops organised since early 2020. And also to the facilitators who had shared all the valuable tips, as well as the internal evaluators for all the constructive comments and suggestions throughout the process proposal refinement.
“I wish we’d move together – this time the bosses sued But we’re caught up in the wilderness and an ever changing mood Teardrops turn to children – who’ve never had the time To commit the sins they pay for through – another’s evil mind…”
My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council (1984)