Volume 01- Issue 04

October 2013

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An Alternative Perspective for Malaysian Engineering Education: A Review from Year 2000-2012

Kamaleswaran Jayarajah Rohaida Mohd Saat Rose Amnah Abdul Rauf
Pages: 1-23

The purpose of this study is to explore the research base of engineering education in the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) through an analysis review of articles for a 12-year period, from 2000 to 2012. The research base review focuses on identifying five characteristics of engineering education: (a) temporal distribution, (b) frequently cited authors in JEE articles, (c) research areas involved in each article, (d) types of participant, and (e) methodological design employed. Published journals from web-based sources were selected aligned on the original author’s discussion of engineering education in the articles. The findings summarize the core consistencies of engineering education literature across the globe over the years by identifying the engineering related content professionals addressed in their respective fields.

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Business Studies Teachers and Student Needs

Chiew Wye Mei Saedah Siraj
Pages: 24-29

This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on the direct users of the Business Studies curriculum in Malaysia to uncover the perceived gap between what was experienced with what was wanted. Interviews were used to examine the needs of the Form Six (equivalent to “A” level) Business Studies teachers and students. Findings indicate that teachers wanted some form of practical work but were worried about the time constraint in carrying it out. Certain topics such as business law, cooperatives and non-profit organisations should be discarded from the curriculum or revamped. Students clamour for practical work and emphasise the need to improve their communication, problem solving and leadership skills. Teachers and students felt values such as honesty, integrity and responsibility should be inculcated in students. Positive attitude, hardworking and strongly motivated are attitudes necessary for success in the business world, and these should be emphasised as well. The Malaysian Examination Council, which is the developer of the curriculum, needs to take a serious look at the lack in the curriculum to ensure a comprehensive curriculum is developed.

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Failure of ETeMS: The Teaching Courseware Factor?

Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi Mahendren Maniam
Pages: 30-37

This study was carried out in response to the announcement of the reversal of the ETeMS policy (English in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science) which had been practiced by teachers in Malaysia since 2003. The Ministry of Education took a drastic approach in gradually halting this controversial policy for several related reasons, namely the poor performance of students and teachers in applying the policy and also political pressure by Malay language activists. The main objective of the study is to investigate whether or not the application of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), in this case is the application of teaching courseware, is one of the contributing factors to the failure of ETeMS. This study also investigated teachers’ perception of the teaching courseware implementation in ETeMS. Fifty primary school key - personnel teachers of Mathematics and Science were involved in answering the questionnaire because they were experienced and fully involved in the policy implementation. The findings showed that teachers were not committed to use the courseware for several reasons. However, the teaching courseware is not the major contributing factor to the failure of ETeMS.

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Teachers’ Planning and Preparation for Lesson Plan in the Implementation of Form 4 Physical Education Curriculum for the Physical Fitness Strand

Syed Kamaruzaman Syed Ali
Pages: 38-47

This article is related to the study of lesson planning prepared by secondary school Physical Education teachers in the Gombak district. Findings of the study show that Physical Education teachers have prepared lesson plans at satisfactory level (M = 4.13; SD = 0.79). All elements within the lesson planning components achieved high mean scores. The elements include topic of lesson (M = 4.50; SD = .65); sub topics (M = 4.28; SD =.81); lesson objectives (M = 4.36; SD = .69); preparation of teaching materials (M = 4.08; SD = .88); reflection (M = 4.37; SD =.70); and teaching activities (M = 4.00; SD = .82). It was also found that teaching activities planned by teachers consisted of set induction, warming up, demonstration by teacher and students, class exercises, group exercises, simple games, stretching or recovery, questioning or discussion, assessment and tasking. On the whole, the aspects of planning and preparation among Physical Education teachers towards lesson planning components were more inclined toward the element of teaching topics.

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Understanding of Parents and Adults on the Down syndrome Female Sexual Reproductive Health

Madhya Zhagan
Pages: 48-56

The purpose of this study is to determine the understanding of reproductive health among parents and female adolescents with Down syndrome.This cross-sectional study involved 22 parents and 22 female adolescents with Down syndrome in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The parents were required to fill up the socio-demographic information in questionnaire forms.Scores of parents and female adolesecents according to the socio-demographic data, the relationship between the understanding of reproductive health among parents and female adolescents with Down syndrome were determined. The result showing that both parents and adolescents with Down syndrome scored the lowest on sexuality and sexual reproductive awareness. There was a significant relationship between the understanding and awareness of reproductive health among parents and female adolescents where r = 0.480, and p < 0.05. There was no relationship between time spent with child and understanding of reproductive health among parents and female adolescents with Down syndrome. Thus Special Education and Occupational Therapy programme on sexual and reproductive health should be part of activity of daily life skills for individual with Down syndrome.

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