Arrest declining interest in Science

IBSE OPTION: Time to consider new methods and learning tools for science aducation in the country.

THE Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) welcomes a recent announcement of new measures by the government to increase the number of students taking up science in schools. Kudos to the   Education Ministry for this milestone decision.

Though the task ahead is challenging, it is not insurmountable. The issue is not just confined to Malaysia. It is global.

Many developed nations including the United States and European Union grapple with the issue. All have undertaken rigorous analysis of the dilemma. The EU has come out with some recommendations. So has the US. All have designed and embarked on aggressive programmes to reignite interest among students in science.

The K12 programmes is one such initiative in the US. It has received strong push from no less than the president himself.

In France, its own approach in Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) has begun to have positive impact on schools there. China has also implemented its own brand of IBSE. It has been reported to be fast gaining in popularity.

In Malaysia, ASM has long worked with the Education Ministry to promote IBSE adoption in schools. Unfortunately, the take-up has been rather lukewarm.

With the recent announcement, things may be about to change. We expect IBSE to soon become a norm in Malaysian schools. ASM’s pilot project with schools in the Klang Valley has shown positive results.

What is IBSE? Why is there interest in the technique as a way to teach science?

IBSE is actually a learning process. According to experts, the technique aims to enhance learning based on increased student involvement. They argue that by using student-derived investigations knowledge is more meaningful and relevant.

by Dr Ahmad Ibrahim

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