Laptop initiative in Malaysia: Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use

Priscilla Moses, Su Luan Wong, Kamariah Abu Bakar, Rosnaini Mahmud

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Abstract

Since 2003, when the medium of instruction was switched from Malay to English, every teacher teaching Mathematics or Science has been provided with a laptop by the Malaysian Ministry of Education to facilitate the teaching-learning of these two subjects. It has been nine years since the laptop initiative was introduced. How are the laptops being used by these teachers in the classroom? Is there a significant difference in the usage of laptops by Mathematics teachers compared with Science teachers? This quantitative study was carried out to test whether a significant difference exists in the usage of laptops among the Mathematics and Science teachers. Survey questionnaires were completed by 354 secondary school teachers from the state of Selangor, Malaysia. An independent t-test was conducted. Based on the finding, there was a significant difference (t(354) =-12.16, p =.0001) between the mean scores for Mathematics teachers (M = 2.18, S.D. = 0.830) and Science teachers (M = 3.32, S.D. = 0.921). It can be concluded that Science teachers use the laptops in teachinglearning process more than the Mathematics teachers. Therefore, appropriate steps should be taken by the government to understand why Mathematics teachers are making less use of laptop computers. More training sessions and more suitable courseware could be provided so that the full benefits of the laptop can be exploited to enhance the teaching-learning of Mathematics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
Pages63-65
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 - Chiang Mai
Duration: 28 Nov 20112 Dec 2011

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Other19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
CityChiang Mai
Period28/11/112/12/11

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mathematics
teacher
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secondary school teacher
Ministry of Education
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Keywords

  • Laptop use
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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Moses, P., Wong, S. L., Abu Bakar, K., & Mahmud, R. (2011). Laptop initiative in Malaysia: Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 (pp. 63-65)

Laptop initiative in Malaysia : Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use. / Moses, Priscilla; Wong, Su Luan; Abu Bakar, Kamariah; Mahmud, Rosnaini.

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011. 2011. p. 63-65.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Moses, P, Wong, SL, Abu Bakar, K & Mahmud, R 2011, Laptop initiative in Malaysia: Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use. in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011. pp. 63-65, 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011, Chiang Mai, 28/11/11.
Moses P, Wong SL, Abu Bakar K, Mahmud R. Laptop initiative in Malaysia: Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011. 2011. p. 63-65
Moses, Priscilla ; Wong, Su Luan ; Abu Bakar, Kamariah ; Mahmud, Rosnaini. / Laptop initiative in Malaysia : Exploring Mathematics and Science teachers' laptop use. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011. 2011. pp. 63-65
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