Mapping the mind of people toward science to improve the teaching and learning of science in Malaysian schools

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This paper reports the finding of a study to map the interest and perception of respondents toward some issues of science. A strong interest and good perception of the people towards science is a prerequisite for a 'Developed Nation' status. In this research, a total of 400 respondents, male and female from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and from the age of 20 years and above, from various parts of the country A booklet of questionnaire containing the issues under study, was administered to respondents, Each question was provided with five choices of agreement responses of Likert Scale: The findings indicate that the respondents did not have a strong interest in science, and no conclusive finding on their perception on several issues of science under study was obtained. The findings do not show any significant difference of interest towards science based on ethnic. However results show that Malay respondents were more sensitive towards the relation between science and religion compared to the other ethnics. Based on this finding the authors discuss the strategies to strengthen the interest of the people especially the Malays toward science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-421
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Ethnics
  • Interest
  • Mapping
  • Perception
  • Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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