Students’ achievement of Malaysian 21st century skills in chemistry

  • Sukor Nur
  • Osman kamisah
  • Abdullah Maria
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The result of the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (2007) revealed that 20% of Malaysian students failed to\r<br />achieve minimum standard in Science and Mathematics, compared to 5% in Science and 7% in Mathematics four years ago.\r<br />This study intends to investigate the acheivement of the Malaysian 21st Century Chemistry Skills Test and to compare it to\r<br />students’ level of sosio economic status. Comprising 37 multiple choice items, the Malaysian 21st Century Chemistry Skills Test\r<br />includes representatives from five domains which are; i) Digital Age Literacy, ii) Inventive Thinking, iii) Effective\r<br />Communication, iv) High Productivity, and v) Religion, Health and Civic. The respondents comprised of 317 form four students\r<br />who took chemistry subject in school. The reliability of the instrument was measured using Kuder-Richardson (KR-20) for\r<br />dichotomous data and the result showed value of .50. The study revealed that students from high sosioeconomic status scored\r<br />higher compared to their counterparts from low socioeconomic status. This paper concludes with some practical suggestions of\r<br />how to improve students’ 21st century skills, particularly within the context of chemistry teaching and learning.




Sukor Nur, Osman kamisah, & Abdullah Maria. (2010). Students’ achievement of Malaysian 21st century skills in chemistry. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 9(2010), 1256–1260.

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