The Use of Computer-based Science Materials in English by Malaysian Science Teachers and Students

By Parilah M. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Siti Asmah Johari, Suhaidah Rosli, Norlizawati M. Tahir, Nur Hafizah Rabi’ah Husin and Nur Ezatul Suriana M. Aminuddin.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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The use of the English language as a medium of instruction for the teaching of Science subject was introduced in the Malaysian public schools in 2003. It was hoped that the utilization of English could improve the English language skills of the students. Educationists faced several problems since the introduction; one of them being the use of the existing computer-based science materials. More materials need to be produced to meet the needs of the students and teachers who are not proficient in the English language. This investigation addressed the perceptions of the Malaysian science teachers and students regarding the utilization of the computer-based materials. The results were analyzed in terms of suitability and relevance of the content, presentation of the content, the level of the English language and the supply and adequacy of the related materials. The implications of the study are discussed with the hope that educators would design more effective computer-based materials for teachers and students’ use.

Keywords: Computer-based Science Materials

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.29-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.607MB).

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, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP), reading in English as a second language (ESL), 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.

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Director, Sports Academy, Putra University of 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 and Sports Tourism. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has made 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.

Siti Asmah Johari

English Language Lecturer, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

Siti Asmah Johari received her Bachelor of Education (Hons) (TESL) from MARA University of Technology, Malaysia in 2007. Presently, she works at MARA University of Technology as an English language lecturer for undergraduate students. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education (TESL) at the National University of Malaysia. Her research interests are sociolinguistics, language classroom interactions, and language courseware.

Suhaidah Rosli

English Language Teacher, Science Secondary School, Malaysia

Suhaidah Rosli is an English language teacher at the Science Secondary School in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor of Education (TESL) from Putra University of Malaysia. Her research interests include researching about m-learning, class size effects and learning-to-learn. She is pursuing a Masters in Education at the National University of Malaysia.

Norlizawati M. Tahir

English Language Lecturer, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

Norlizawati M. Tahir is an English language lecturer at the MARA University of Technology in Terengganu, Malaysia. She received her Bachelor of Education (TESL) from MARA University of Technology.  She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. at the National University of Malaysia. Her research interests are on teaching practices as well as the current trends in education specifically related to Teaching English as Second Language (TESL).

Nur Hafizah Rabi’ah Husin

English Language Lecturer, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

Nur Hafizah Rabi’ah Husin is an English language lecturer at the Academy of Language Studies in MARA University of Technology, Terengganu, Malaysia. She completed her degree in Bachelor of Education (Hons) TESL from MARA University of Technology, Malaysia.  She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. majoring in TESL at the National University of Malaysia.

Nur Ezatul Suriana M. Aminuddin

English Language Lecturer, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

Nur Ezatul Suriana M. Aminuddin received her Bachelor of Education (TESL) from MARA University of Technology, Malaysia in 2007. She is an English language lecturer for undergraduate students at MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. (TESL) at the National University of Malaysia.