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1 STEM Education: Policies And Prospects Toward Achieving International Standard And Meeting National Development Needs 1

2 STEM Initiative in Malaysia Education Blueprint Aims: Prepare students with the skills to meet the science and technology challenges. To ensure that Malaysia has a sufficient number of qualified STEM graduates. 2

3 Measures undertaken in STEM Initiative Raising student interests through new learning approaches and an enhanced curriculum Sharpening skills and abilities of teachers Building public and student awareness 3

4 Sufficient number of qualified STEM graduates Malaysian government instituted the 60:40 Science/Technical: Arts (60:40) Policy in education in 1967 and started implementing it in 1970 The target not achieved. 45% Science stream + technical & vocational, Met the requirement but chose not to do science in the upper secondary increased to 15%. 4

5 Factors underlying the declining enrolment and quality of student outcomes in STEM Limited awareness about STEM Perceived difficulty of STEM Content-heavy curriculum Inconsistent quality of teaching and learning Limited and outdated infrastructure 5

6 New Primary and Secondary Curricula Higher order thinking skills Project-based ICT games-based Minimise content overlap with other subjects & postsecondary 6

7 National and School-Based Assessment Increase the proportion of questions that focus on creative and problem-solving skills Data interpretation and evaluation Reintroduce from 2016 onwards, the science practical testing elements 7

8 Sharpening skills and abilities of teachers Diagnostic exercise to identify gaps in content knowledge and pedagogical skills among teachers Identify gaps in content knowledge and pedagogy Tailored professional development School Improvement Specialist Coaches (SISC+) for Mathematics and Science 8

9 e-learning video library for students on EduWebTV 9

10 New Primary and Secondary Curricula Higher order thinking skills Project-based ICT games-based Minimise content overlap with other subjects & postsecondary 6 10

11 Use of ICT Computer games Exploration of STEM beyond the content covered in the prescribed textbooks 11

12 Blended Learning Open Source for Science or Mathematics Studies (BLOSSOMS) Integration of face-to-face and ICT instruction Deploys new instructional strategies and pedagogical approaches Students utilize adaptive learning software to learn at their own pace, and through their preferred learning style Teachers then analyse the resultant data from the software to identify areas where students require extra coaching 12

13 Collaboration Museums Science Centres 13

14 Campaigns Educate the public about the diversity of career opportunities in STEM Encourage more students to select STEM subjects STEM education plays a big role as the catalyst to meet the challenges and demands of our present and future economy 14

15 Strengthening Delivery of STEM Across the Education System Strengthening the foundations of existing programmes & encouraging school students to enrol in the science stream Engaging the support of broader group of stakeholder Evaluation to develop roadmap for further innovation 15

16 : Wave 2 Building on the STEM foundations that was implemented in Wave 1 The roll-out of the KSSM (Secondary School Standard Curricula) and revised KSSR (Primary School Standard Curricula) From 2019 onwards, the Ministry intends to participate in the Grade 4 TIMSS assessment in addition to the Grade 8. Development of VLE. Teachers share their experiences in teaching the new curriculum, learn from each other and provide feedback to the Ministry. 16

17 Wave 2 Building on the STEM foundations that was implemented in Wave 1 Extend Awareness Programme Primary school students and their parents Informal approach to strengthening interest in STEM education and careers Provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and parents 17

18 : Wave 3 Innovating to the next level Evaluate the success of all initiatives from the first two waves and develop a roadmap for future. Introduce fresh initiatives and programmes 18

19 : THANK YOU 19

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