Boolatan experiment

Junainah Jamaludin and Lay Yoon Fah and Crispina Gregory K. Han (2021) Boolatan experiment. [Experiment]

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“Boolatan Experiment” is a simple, ready-to-do experiment, and an inquiry approach that helps rural primary school pupils in mastering the 12 science process skills as stipulated in the primary science curriculum. The “Boolatan Experiment” consists of 11 stations whereby pupils need to rotate to complete the assigned experiments and worksheets. The integration of STEM concepts in this experiment includes measuring, recording, and observing (Science), counting, classify and arrange in patterns, measure volume of liquid (Mathematics), use of LCD to display slides and video in presenting ideas (Technology), and caution to control the amount of material ratio to affect the findings (Engineering). 33 rural primary school pupils from Sabah had conducted the experiments. Positive feedbacks were recorded from the science teachers and pupils involved. Rural primary school pupils’ performances in ‘Scientific Skill’ were measured at four timeintervals, i.e., pre-test, post-test 1, post-test 2, and post-test 3. The collected performance scores were analysed using the Repeated Measures One-Way ANOVA. The Greenhouse- Geisser value showed a significant difference in the performance scores before and after using the STEM- Science teaching module. Pairwise comparison results also showed that the achievement mean scores increased from 3.121 to 6.030 and the differences were found statistically significant at p <.05. Hence, it can be concluded that “Boolatan Experiment” can be used to enhance rural primary school pupils’ acquisition of science process skills and diversify the use of STEM activities in teaching science at rural primary school.

Item Type: Experiment
Additional Information: The Boolatan Experiment innovation has proven that teaching and learning (without internet access and with minimal electricity consumption) is still able to improve the mastery of Science Process Skills of rural school students which is believed to be very important to provide prospective scientists with the skills needed in completing an investigation. The findings of the analysis have shown that the improvement of Science Process Skills becomes more significant as these activities are carried out continuously. This Boolatan Experiment approach is flexible to apply to other science sub-topics by simply changing the objectives and content of each station depending on the creativity of the teacher. When a teacher can see the rural school facilities constraints at a positive angle, it will help the teacher to maintain their credibility as rural teachers and still be able to deliver fun learning in changing students' attitudes to be more positive in learning Science.
Keyword: STEM , Science process skill , Experiment , Rural primary school
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB5-3640 Theory and practice of education > LB1501-1547 Primary education
Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q1-390 Science (General) > Q1-295 General
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 16:55
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 16:55

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