ERIC Number: ED456825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Invention Curriculum: A Malaysian Experience. Innodata Monographs 11.
Sharif, Ahmad Mohamad; San, Kong Meow
This monograph describes a Malaysian innovation, the Invention Curriculum, or "Reka Cipta." This technology-based subject, which is multidisciplinary in approach, was introduced as an elective subject in 14 upper secondary schools in Malaysia in 1995 and has now been implemented in over 200 schools across the country. The objective of the innovation is for students to create a product which combines novelty and commercial value, in this way developing skills of creativity and problem-solving. The curriculum seeks to promote the practical application of abstract ideas and knowledge using up-to-date and appropriate technologies. In addition to innovation, it stresses knowledge and skills in marketing, intellectual property, and documenting of inventive processes and results. Since its inception, and in spite of its challenges for many teachers, the project has experienced growing success, with nearly 100% pass rates each year and over one-third of students achieving distinctions in the year 2000. The project falls in line with Malaysia's thrust towards advanced scientific and technological development through the fostering of expertise and innovation. The current practices of developing, implementing and monitoring the Invention Curriculum are related. Detailed descriptions of curriculum evaluation and follow-up activities are provided. The paper also highlights findings of case studies conducted in two schools. (Contains 20 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Inventions, Learning Activities, Secondary Education
International Bureau of Education (IBE), P.O. Box 199, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. Web site: http://www.ibe.unesco.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Bureau of Education, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia