Scientific identity and inquiry-based teaching amongst Secondary School adolescents

Identiti saintifik dan pengajaran berasaskan pertanyaan di kalangan remaja Sekolah Menengah


  • Nik Azmah Nik Yusuf Faculty of Human Development Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak Malaysia
  • Norazilawati Abdullah Faculty of Human Development Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak Malaysia
  • Noraini Mohamed Noh Faculty of Human Development Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak Malaysia



Science Identity, Inquiry Learning, Aspirations In Science Careers


Like other countries, Malaysia is concern about the students’ engagement with science in upper secondary schools and the numbers pursuing the further study of science as their careers, thus this research was carried out to demonstrate relationships between the five constructs: pupils’ interest and attitude, inquiry learning, science activities outside school hours, aspirations to engage in science careers, and representation of science and scientists. Using a correlational research design, a set of Science Interest Instrument by Dillon et al., (2008) was adapted and translated to Malay Language and administered to a total of 938, 13-year-old and 14-year-old school students. The data collected were analyzed descriptively in terms of percentage, and inferentially using Pearson Correlation. The results indicated that there was a large positive correlation between interest and attitude towards science and inquiry learning. Also a strong relationship between high interest and attitude towards science, and aspiration of students to become scientists or taking up science jobs. The young students also had favourable representation of science and scientist. The result of this study was discussed in relations to students’ science identity, and the government and parents could nurture this aspect of identity in adolescents.


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How to Cite

Nik Yusuf, N. A., Abdullah, N., & Mohamed Noh, N. (2017). Scientific identity and inquiry-based teaching amongst Secondary School adolescents: Identiti saintifik dan pengajaran berasaskan pertanyaan di kalangan remaja Sekolah Menengah. Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Dan Matematik Malaysia, 7(2), 72–84.

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