Readiness of Year 1 Students to Learn Process Science Skills in English: A Malaysian Experience

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Ministry of Education of Malaysia has implemented the use of English as the medium of instruction at primary school level beginning 2003. Students are the main group of people affected by this change in policy. It is worrisome that students start to lose interest and confidence to learn science because it is considered difficult and taxing. Suffolk (2005), teacher and student must be confident in giving opinion in the language that is used as the medium of instruction. Besides, the implementation of the approach also raise the issue of the students in the rural areas. Students in the rural areas have very limited exposure to English usage in their daily lives. Because they are not ready they may lose interest and fall back in the learning process. a)comparing between year 1 students from the urban and the rural areas in terms of their competency of process science skills which use English terminologies, and b) determining the level of readiness of year 1 students in learning the process science skills in English for Science subject


Keywords: Readiness, Comparison, English, Process Science Skills, Year 1 Primary School Students
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Tajularipin Sulaiman

Lecturer, Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


Dr. Aminuddin Hassan

Lecturer, Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Hassan is a lecturer at Faculty of Educational Studies. He holds the doctoral degree from Durham University, UK. He has been involved in research, teaching and consultancy works, in the area of philosophy of education, productivity improvement, higher education and thinking skills.

Dr. Roselan Baki

Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia
UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Roselan Baki is Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies at University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He has the experience of teaching in secondary school for 10 years. He was also a lecturer at a teacher training college for 12 years before moving to UPM. He holds qualification in B.Ed. (UPM), MA (Michigan State), PhD (National University of Malaysia). He has been the author of several book about teaching and learning in the Malay language. He has also contributed to conference in the area of literacy, language instruction and qualitative research in Malaysia and Asia.

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