Can Analogy Bridge the Gap between Science and Society in the UAE?

By Nagib Mahfood Balfakih and Faheema Ahmed Al Zaroni.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This study investigated the effectiveness of analogy on Tenth-grade students’ attitude in chemistry. A random sample consisted of 478 students selected among the total number of 5320 tenth-grade intact classes (eight classes consisted of only male and the other eight of only female classes). Lesson plans were redesigned to fit the integration of analogy to teach seven chemistry concepts. The research design was a pre- and post-test quasi experimental design. An attitude instrument used and its validity and reliability were determined. Results indicated that experimental group scored significantly higher than their counterpart in the control group in the chemistry attitude instrument.

Keywords: Analogy, Society, Chemistry, United Arab Emirates, Attitude

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.177-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.205MB).

Dr. Nagib Mahfood Balfakih

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Balfakih is currently an Associate Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE. Dr. Balfakih obtained a bachelor degree in Chemistry from the United Arab Emirates University, a master’s degree in Education from University of Idaho, USA, and an Ed.D. in Science Education from the same university in 1996. His area of expertise is in the teaching science methods and the integration of technology in science teaching. He was recently awarded the best researcher in his college 2007-2008. Dr. Balfakih has 14 years of science teaching and coordination experience in higher education and 4 years of administrative experience in higher education. He has been a member of several science education organizations such as the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) & European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He has published widely in peer reviewed journals.

Faheema Ahmed Al Zaroni

Ministry of Education, Al Ain Educational Zone