Cooperative learning (CL) as 21st century’s teaching method in improving English proficiency among primary school student: teachers’ perception

Mahbib, U. K. and Esa, A. and Mohamad, N. H. and Mohd Salleh, B. (2017) Cooperative learning (CL) as 21st century’s teaching method in improving English proficiency among primary school student: teachers’ perception. Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 25 (S). pp. 39-54. ISSN 01287702

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Abstract

Cooperative learning (CL) as a 21st-century classroom teaching method has begun to be viewed as a form of active learning in Malaysia. Although CL has been applied and successfully implemented abroad, it is still considered difficult to put into practice among primary school teachers in Malaysia for improving English among primary school students. Primary school teachers are more comfortable with conventional teaching methods including using the national language, Bahasa Malaysia. In order to implement CL successfully, teachers require knowledge of CL, its features and terms and how it functions in classrooms. This qualitative study examined 10 primary school teachers’ from the southern zone of Peninsular Malaysia on their understanding of CL and factors perceived to affect its implementation. Using Johnson and Johnson’s (1994) features of CL and Bain, Lancaster and Zundans’ (2009) list of CL terms as a framework for analysis, we found that the teachers’ level of CL knowledge shaped their perception of the factors affecting its implementation in the classroom. However, more research is needed to explain how teachers’ knowledge of CL can shape what teachers perceive as barriers to effective implementation that affect the success of CL in practice.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cooperative learning (CL); English proficiency; teachers’ perception
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions:Centre for Language Studies > Department of English Language and Linguistic
ID Code:11079
Deposited By:Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Deposited On:13 May 2019 09:08
Last Modified:13 May 2019 09:08

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