The Emergence of New Technology in Malaysian Smart Schools: Views of Islamic Education Teachers and Students

By Isa Hamzah, Amirah Ismail, Ab. Halim Tamuri, Mohamed Amin Embi and Aqsha Lubis Maimun.

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Malaysian schools witnessed another major reform in the creation of Smart Schools. The Malaysian Government has established Smart Schools to capitalize on leading current ICT technology by transforming Malaysian schools into technology enablers. This study is trying to understand the views of Islamic Education teachers and students regarding the emergence of this new technology as they endeavour to improve learning and teaching in Smart Schools.

In examining the new initiative of Smart Schools, qualitative methods was applied to gather the data needed from Islamic Education teachers and students. The teachers and students were interviewed using focus groups and one-on-one in-depth interviews.

The results show that the teachers and students were completely aware that the use of the computer was the obvious instigator of change in the Smart Schools. From the beginning, its widespread use appeared to be the main factor that affected the works of both students and teachers. This new phenomenon clearly was influenced by the emergence of new technology. The emergence of new technology in Smart Schools was clearly indicated by the obvious and sudden arrival of new technologies in schools and classrooms. However this study also found barriers in implementing this new initiative such as lack of computers availability in some schools and the problem of access to computer labs.

Keywords: ICT, Educational Technology, Islamic Education, Teachers and Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.249-262. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.210MB).

Dr. Isa Hamzah

Programme Coordinator, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am working as a lecturer in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). My research interest is in ICT and technology change in education. I also teach undergraduate and post graduate students. My subject teaching are various including educational technology, philosophy of education and teaching methodology.

Amirah Ismail

Lecturer, Department of Information Science, Faculty of Information Science And Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Information Science And Technology, National University of Malaysia, B. B. Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

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.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Professor, Deputy Director (e-learning), Centre for Academic Advancement, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, B. B. Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aqsha Lubis Maimun

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Maimun Aqsha Lubis a senior lecturer in The Faculty of education, National University of Malaysia. Graduated from National University of Malaysia (UKM). Past experience before chairing a lecturer in UKM was in Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Universiti Islam Antarbangsa Malaysia and Universiti Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.

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