Capacity-Building Group (KuBU) : An approach to enhance professionalism among Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) lecturers
Sazali Yusoff, Ph.D.
In cognizant of multiple approaches in enhancing professionals in various institutions or organizations, and with regard of that every institution is unique in their business and entity, this paper attempts to conceptualize the approach of enhancing the capacity of IAB lecturers. Capacity-Building Group (KuBU) is an approach rooted in team-building theory which is then expanded and used in Professional Learning Community, Lesson Study and other forms of group work. KuBU is conceptualized as a culture of peer-assistance in enhancing their capacity. There are three elements that constitute capacity in KuBU, they are competency, capability and self-efficacy. Hence, KuBU is a process for a continuous learning, working collaboratively, and allowing knowledge being disseminated professionally and systematically among its members. Preliminary findings through observation and conversation found that KuBU members were satisfied with the initiative and believe they have benefited meaningfully. Their confidence in delivering lecture has also increased dramatically albeit measurement of their competency, capability and self-efficacy has yet to be done scientifically.