Science Teachers’ Perceptions on the Use of Computer-Based Materials

By Parilah M. Shah, Mohamed Amin Embi, Aminuddin Yusof, Ab. Halim Tamuri and Rosseni Din.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Malaysia embarked on the use of English as a medium of instruction for the teaching of Science (and also Mathematics) in January 2003. One of the aims was to upgrade the English language proficiency of Malaysian students. Several problems and challenges have been encountered by implementers and educators since then. One of the problems is the use of the existing computer-based science materials. Apart from the obvious and great need for more science materials, new materials need to be designed to fulfill the needs of the science students who are not competent in the English language and also the needs of the science teachers who are also lacking in the knowledge of the English language. This study examined the perceptions of the science teachers in Malaysia concerning the use of computer-based materials provided by the Ministry of Education. The findings were presented in terms of the clarity and suitability of the content, English language used, presentation of content materials, and adequacy of materials and facilities. Based on the results, several suggestions are put forward so that a more systematic approach could be employed in designing better computer-based materials for the teachers and students.

Keywords: Science, Computer-Based Materials

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp.153-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 516.834KB).

Dr. Parilah M. Shah

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Parilah M. Shah is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research interests are second language acquisition, reading, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, English for specific purpose, and bilingual-bicultural education. She has presented several papers at both the national and international levels and has several publications in areas related to second language acquisition and learning.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Deputy Director (e-learning), Centre for Academic Advancement, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof. Mohamed Amin Embi is currently a Deputy Director (e-learning), Centre for Academic Advancement, National University of Malaysia.

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Director, Sports Academy, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed as the director of the university’s Sports Academy. Dr. Aminuddin Yusof received his tertiary education in the United States; his B.A. from Wilmington College, his M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Aminuddin has been actively involved in research and professional services in the areas of Sports Management, Sports Industry, Sports Tourism and languages used by athletes. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has been invited and keynote presentations at various professional meetings such as the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sports Science and Fitness (PPJSKM) and International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ICHPER) conferences. He is actively involved in professional activities with Persatuan Pendidikan Jasmani, Sains Sukan, Kesihatan dan Kecergasan Malaysia (PPJSKM) as Journal Editor (2003-2004), Program Chair of Research Bureau (2002-2003) and Program Chair for Academic and Professional Education Bureau (1999-2001). His professional services include, but are not limited to, as a program evaluator for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), a member for National Committee on Sports Science Guidelines, and as External Examiner, Sports Science Graduate & Undergraduate Programs for several Malaysian universities.

Dr. Ab. Halim Tamuri

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

The main areas of his interest are on the method of teaching and learning of Islamic Education and educational technologies. His latest publication is an article entitled Islamic education teachers’ perceptions of teaching of akhlaq in Malaysian secondary schools which has been published in the Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2007. He is also writing a book entitled Islamic Education: methods of teaching an learning. Currently, he is carrying out a research which focuses on the development of a web for the teaching and learning of Islamic Education subject at the secondary school level. The aim of this project is to develop a web based portal that can provide relevant e-teaching and e-learning aids, list of experts, e-thesis, papers, journals, internet hyperlink and etc. for teachers and students in the field of Islamic education.

Rosseni Din

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Rosseni Din is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. Her main research concerns information technology and its application to education.

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