Volume 2 - Issue 1

January 2014

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Between School Factors and Teacher Factors: What Inhibits Malaysian Science Teachers From Using ICT?

Tunku Badariah Tunku Ahmad
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Despite the Malaysian government’s efforts to increase the use of ICT in school, teachers’ uptake of the technology remains slow and dismal. In this study, teachers’ perceptions of the barriers that inhibited their use of ICT in the science classroom were explored. One hundred and fifty-one (N = 151) science teachers from selected secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor took part in the survey. Teachers’ perceptions of the barriers were captured using a self-developed questionnaire consisting of 27 Likert-type items. The questionnaires were administered with the help of school principals. Principal components analysis (PCA) with Promax rotation extracted four underlying dimensions of barriers to ICT use, namely teachers’ self-handicapping thoughts, school support, attitude toward ICT use, and negative beliefs about ICT use. Three of these factors were teacher related. Self-handicapping thoughts emerged as the largest inhibitor, explaining about 38.2% of teachers’ lack of ICT utilization in the science classroom. The results corroborated previous findings that teacher factors tend to outweigh school factors in hampering teachers’ uptake of technology.

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E-Learning Needs Assessment among Students in the Colleges of Education

Hamid Mohammad Azimi
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The purpose of this survey study was to clearly identify major gaps and needs of e-learning components among students in theColleges of Education (one year Bachelor of Education or B.Ed. degree programme) affiliated by University of Mysore, India. A questionnaire was designed and validated by experts. A pilot test was carried out on a sample of 45 students and the Cronbach alpha value for the instrument was .89. Data were collected from 346 students selected through stratified random sampling method to gauge students’ needs on learning e-learning components. Findings highlighted that in the ranking of needs for learning of e-learning components, Internet tools and video streaming ranked on the highest level also instructional theories and mobile technology graded as the lowest one. t- Test revealed a non-significant association between gender and needs to learning e-learning components. Moreover, One Way ANOVA test showed there is no significant difference among type of colleges (government / private aided and unaided) and different subjects (science / art / language) in needs for learning of e-learning components.

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Evaluating the Impact of Technology Integration in Teaching and Learning

Nafisat Afolake Adedokun-Shittu Abdul Jaleel Kehinde Shittu[
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This article reports the impacts of technology integration on teaching and learning from a study that examines the impact of ICT deployment in teaching and learning at a University in Nigeria. The survey data were drawn from 593 respondents (students and lecturers) and the survey instrument employed for both the students and the lecturers is a 64-item questionnaire that was each subdivided into seven parts. The study finds many ICT impacts in teaching and learning such as: learning aid and resourcefulness, comfort with ICT, psychoanalytical and psychosocial aid, task enabler, interdependence with ICT and learning collaboration. It also identifies factors that need to be recognized in ICT impact study settings such as: perception, integration, motivation and challenges.

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Implementation of Ptechls Modules in Rural Malaysian Secondary School: A Needs Analysis

Norlidah Alias Dorothy DeWitt Saedah Siraj Mohd Nazri Abdul Rahman Rashidah Begum Gelamdin Rose Amnah Abd Rauf
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Research has shown that the strategy of matching learning style with certain technology enhances students’ learning experience. This study seeks to identify the learning styles among students in a rural secondary school, based on the Felder Silverman Model (1988) which comprises four dimensions (visual/verbal, active/reflective, sequential/global, sensing/intuitive). A PTechLS module developed by Norlidah Alias (2010) will be implemented in secondary school. The main objective of this study is to analyze the needs for a pedagogical module based on technology and learning style (PTechLS) for the Form 4 Physics curriculum before the implementation. Data were collected through surveys among 47 students in a rural secondary school in the Jempol district in Negeri Sembilan. Two instruments were used: learning style instrument and computer skills and usage questionnaire. From the learning style instrument, most of the students were identified as active (89.3%), reflective (10.7%), sensing (78.7%), intuitive (21.3%), visual (95.7%), verbal (4.3%), sequential (70.2%) and global (29.8%) learners. The computer skills and usage questionnaire shows that students in the selected rural school have access to technology and are already using it for learning. Therefore, the researchers suggest the implementation of PTechLS modules among rural Malaysian secondary schools.

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The Effect of Field Specialization Variation on Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Among Malaysian TVET Instructors

Junnaina Husin Chua Hazri Jamil
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Technological Knowledge is directly related to productivity, enhanced performance and service quality. Technology integration in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum is expected due to high application of technical knowledge and technology applications. TPACK is a professional knowledge framework that gives flexibility and provides dynamic strategies to TVET instructors to enhance and therefore improve the teaching and learning process. This study analyzed the impact of Field Specialization variation on the level of knowledge gained. It is found that regardless of the large variation and multiple perspectives of specialization existing among TVET instructors, specialization is not a factor that influenced the level of knowledge gained. Therefore, this study contributes to the understanding that there are other factors that may influence the knowledge gained among Malaysian TVET instructors.

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The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) highlights the current issues in educational technology. MOJET is an international, professional referred journal in the interdisciplinary fields sponsored by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. This journal serves as a platform for presenting and discussing the emerging issues on educational technology for readers who share common interests in understanding the developments of the integration of technology in education. The journal is committed to providing access to quality researches raging from original research, theoretical articles and concept papers in educational technology. In order to produce high quality journal, extensive effort has been put in selecting valuable researches that contribute to the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to editorial board, reviewers and researchers for their valuable contributions to make this journal a reality.