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Trialling Student-Centred Pedagogies in Malaysian Schools

Combining research with professional development over 12 months this project is designed to trial methods that scaffold and develop student inquiry skills in Malaysian schools.

Chief Investigator: Dr Jon Mason
Partners:  Australia-ASEAN Council

Combining research with professional development over 12 months this project is designed to trial methods that scaffold and develop student inquiry skills in Malaysian schools. Trialling Student-centred-pedagogies-infographic

The project will trial the use of the 'Question Formulation Technique', a structured approach to teaching students how to formulate and refine their own questions supplemented by various hands-on techniques supported by digital technology. Developing questioning skills is important for effective inquiry-based learning and fundamental to the critical thinking and problem-solving skills recognised by educators advocating focused development of “21st century skills”. This is also the case with digital literacy skills, and when combined these skills are pivotal in student-centred pedagogies.

In Malaysian schools, however, student-initiated questioning is not encouraged due to a range of factors. The project will involve participation of Malaysian preservice teachers while also surveying students after classroom trials about their experience. The project aims to determine the suitability of this technique in Malaysian schools in a policy environment in which professional development of teaching practices is prominent. This project is timely given that Malaysian student performance is declining as suggested by the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey results which shows Malaysia as placed in the bottom third, ranking 52 out of 65 countries. This suggests that Malaysian students are poor critical and creative thinkers.

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