CONTENTS OF VOLUME 5
Letter from editior
First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Malaysian Education Deans’ Council Journal Editorial Board for their hard work in making sure that the fifth volume of this journal is produced on time. I would also like to thank the articles’ contributors and the Advisory Board for their support, encouragement, guidance and advice. The production of this fifth volume was made possible as a result of collaborative and collective efforts of the members of the Malaysian Education Deans’ Council. The council has discussed, conferred and deliberated to produce this journal for a fairly long time under the able chair of Professor Dr. Zakaria Kasa, who has made valuable contribution and put up concerted effort to ensure that the journal materialized.
Eleven articles have been refereed and chosen for this fifth volume. As it has been decided that this will be a bilingual journal, seven articles written in Bahasa Malaysia and three in English have been chosen
The first article reports on a study on algebraic problem solving ability among students and their views can be categorized into three main approaches, namely generalization, modeling and functional. All these approaches had been practiced and their effectiveness had been proven by researchers in investigating and developing students’ algebraic problem solving ability. The second article discusses the priority aspects of empirical human capital development through academic programs conducted in public university, as well as describe the approaches, mechanisms and implementation problems. Research findings indicate that there were significant differences between the three universities and five programs offered during the implementation aspects of human capital development. In fact, there are certain patterns to give priority in the implementation of certain aspects of human capital development through academic programs among the universities studied. The third article reports on the relationship level of knowledge, attitudes and awareness with principal’s instructional leadership practices.Results found that there exists a significant relationship between level of knowledge and attitudes, awareness and practice of instructional leadership on the environment.
The author of the eighth article discusses student teachers’ mastery of the science process skills. The study showed no increase in score, thus indicating that students have learned little from the teaching. From an item analysis of the test scores, student teachers’ learning difficulties in the science process skills was identified.The ninth article reports the findings from a study conducted to investigate the environmental values of Malaysian pre-service teachers. The result showed that, majority of students exhibited egocentric value followed by homocentric value compared to ecocentric value. Recognising the importance of ecocentric value in leading sustainable lifestyle, the findings of this paper emphasize the need to inculcate ecocentric value through teaching and learning process. The tenth article highlights the factors that affect school co-operatives progression in school co-operatives, The studies showed that co-operatives advisors’ background, training and exposure were important factors and are essential in influencing the development of schools’ co-operatives. The eleventh article investigates preservice secondary school mathematics teachers’ knowledge of the relationship between perimeter and area. Finding of the study suggests that most of the preservice teachers’ had a misconception that there is direct relationship between perimeter and area. They thought that two shapes with the same perimeter have the same area.
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