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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives at rural schools and its impact on learning motivation

Haron, H. N. and Kamaruddin, S. A. and Harun, H. and Abas, H. and Salim, K. R. (2019) Science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives at rural schools and its impact on learning motivation. In: 2nd International Conference on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, WiSET 2018, 17-19 July 2018, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1174/1/012002


The number of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related programs at tertiary level of education and those in science stream at high schools show a declining trend in recent years. This phenomenon is happening globally since at least the past two decades. The nation is moving closer to its Vision 2020 deadline to be a developed country; however, the downward trend in numbers is alarming. Therefore, it becomes critical to aggressively implement more initiatives to increase the number of graduates, workforce and professionals with technical and science related background. Based on past researches, there are differences in STEM achievement between students in urban and rural areas in Malaysia. Two rural schools were selected for the project that aims to assess students' awareness about the importance of STEM related knowledge, and to motivate them in learning STEM. Experiments and hands-on activities were carried out with the students at two Orang Asli primary schools in rural areas in Perak, Malaysia. Data was collected through observations and document analysis on students' achievement. Analysis shows that students are not aware of the importance of STEM in their everyday life, and they have increased motivation in learning, not only on STEM courses.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:professional aspects, rural areas, students
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:88955
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:29 Dec 2020 12:43
Last Modified:29 Dec 2020 12:43

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