Analysis of the Application of Thinking Skills in the Teaching and Learning of Science Subject in Tamil Primary Schools of North Kinta District, Perak

Analisis Pengaplikasian Kemahiran Berfikir dalam Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Subjek Sains di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Daerah Kinta Utara, Perak

  • Chelvi Murugayya Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Chettiars, Ipoh, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • Suppiah Nachiappan Fakulti Pembangunan Manusia, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
Keywords: Thinking skill, Hermeneutic, Science subject, Tamil primary school

Abstract

This study was aimed to analyze the problems in applying of thinking skills in the teaching and learning of Science subject in Tamil primary schools through Hermeneutic method. A qualitative approach was used in this study. This research focused on Tamil primary schools in North Kinta District of Perak. One teacher from each school was appointed as a respondent for this study. Data were obtained through triangulation results from questionnaire, interview and observation. The findings of the study show that respondents still face various problems when applying thinking skills in the teaching and learning of Science subject. This is because, respondents still do not master the skills of thinking holistically. Furthermore, lack of reference materials, time constraints and lack of laboratory facilities are the main reasons for not being able to implement the application of thinking skills in teaching effectively. This causes students face problems such as not understanding concepts, lack of mastery of thinking skills and also lack of interest in Science subject. The results of detailed data analysis found that although, the respondents consisted of experienced Science option teachers, but they faced many problems in the application of thinking skills in teaching Science subject. As a conclusion, teachers should master thinking skills comprehensively and apply various methods in teaching and learning to improve the mastery of thinking skills among students. The implication of this study suggested that the Ministry of Education and Science teachers should work together to solve the problems faced when applying thinking skills in the teaching and learning of Science subject so that, students can master in thinking skills effectively.

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Published
2022-05-30
How to Cite
Murugayya, C., & Nachiappan, S. (2022). Analysis of the Application of Thinking Skills in the Teaching and Learning of Science Subject in Tamil Primary Schools of North Kinta District, Perak. Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Dan Matematik Malaysia, 12(1), 82-92. https://doi.org/10.37134/jpsmm.vol12.1.7.2022