Perspectives of science teaching: Comparison between western Australian teachers and Malaysian teachers

Sulaiman, Tajularipin and Abdul Rahim, Suzieleez Syrene (2009) Perspectives of science teaching: Comparison between western Australian teachers and Malaysian teachers. The International Journal of Learning, 16 (2). pp. 63-76. ISSN 1447-9494

Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.203...

Abstract

Vision 2020 hopes to turn Malaysia into a developed country driven by industrial and agricultural sector by the year 2020. To achieve this aspiration, the manpower of the country must be developed and furnished with strong technological, mathematical and science backgrounds as early as the primary level. Effective teaching influences the attitude of the students towards science and if Malaysia hopes to develop in accordance with Vision 2020, this issue is critical. In developed countries like Australia, the teaching of science is developed humanistically to attract students to science. The approaches and methods employed by science teachers are important as there is a close relationship between the teachers’ classroom practices and student learning. Therefore, it is critical to investigate the teaching approaches and methods that are employed by teachers. This paper discusses findings of a qualitative study carried out to compare the perspectives of science teachers from Malaysia and Western Australia, focusing on two main research questions. The first question is “What are the characteristics of a science teacher?” and the second question is “What are the teachers’ perspectives of science teaching?” The participants of the study were twelve primary science teachers in Western Australia and twelve primary science teachers from Malaysia. The data collection approaches employed were an open-ended questionnaire, observation techniques, and documentation collection. The findings indicated four definitions of a science teacher, thirteen characteristics of a good science teacher and three definitions of science teaching.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Science Teaching, Primary, Teachers’ Perspectives
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Educational Studies
Publisher:The International Journal of Learning
ID Code:7648
Deposited By: Fazlin Hj. Shamsudin
Deposited On:09 Aug 2010 02:50
Last Modified:09 Aug 2010 02:51

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Document Download Statistics

This item has been downloaded for since 09 Aug 2010 02:50.

View statistics for "Perspectives of science teaching: Comparison between western Australian teachers and Malaysian teachers"


Universiti Putra Malaysia Institutional Repository

Universiti Putra Malaysia Institutional Repository is an on-line digital archive that serves as a central collection and storage of scientific information and research at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Currently, the collections deposited in the IR consists of Master and PhD theses, Master and PhD Project Report, Journal Articles, Journal Bulletins, Conference Papers, UPM News, Newspaper Cuttings, Patents and Inaugural Lectures.

As the policy of the university does not permit users to view thesis in full text, access is only given to the first 24 pages only.