Teachers’ Perception of Science Laboratory Learning Environment and Its Relationship to Teachers’ Satisfaction

By Lilia Halim, Che Nidzam Che Ahmad, Sharifah Intan Sharina Syed Abdullah and T. Subahan Mohd Meerah.

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This paper reports a survey which was conducted in order to determine the teachers’ perception (N=1230) of science laboratory learning environment in secondary schools and its relationship with teachers’ satisfaction. Teachers’ perception of learning environment was measured by using the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI) and teachers’ teaching satisfaction was measured using the Test of Related Science Attitudes (TORSA) which was adapted to measure teachers’ satisfaction. The findings showed that teachers perceived the learning environment experienced by students learning in the laboratory as positive. Findings also reveals that there exists a relationship between teachers’ perception of science laboratory learning environment and their satisfaction in teaching science. In particular, teachers find satisfaction in teaching science in laboratories when laboratory materials and equipments are adequate. An implication is that to encourage teaching that promotes active learning and hands on learning, teachers need to be equipped with the adequate laboratory equipments.

Keywords: Learning Environment, Science Teachers, Secondary School, Science Teaching, Science Laboratory

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.67-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 974.653KB).

Lilia Halim

Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a professor in Science Education and a science educator. At the undergraduate level, I teach physics methodology courses. At the graduate level, I teach courses on science, technology and entrepreneurship education, and I also research methodology subjects. My research interests are in the areas of pedagogical content knowledge, science teacher professional development, and pedagogy.

Che Nidzam Che Ahmad

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

I am a lecturer in the field of Chemistry Education in a university that trains secondary and primary teachers. My research interest is in learning environment. I am also a PhD candidate.

Sharifah Intan Sharina Syed Abdullah

Masters Student, Science Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a Master’s student in the field of Science Education in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. My research interest is in Environmental Science Education.

T. Subahan Mohd Meerah

Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a professor of Science Education. My research interests are in curriculum, evaluation, and on marginalised children. I teach research methodology courses as well as curriculum subjects.

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