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ERIC Number: EJ1207604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Recent Reforms in Saudi Secondary Science Education: Teacher and Student Perceptions of Grade 10 Physics
Albadi, Nouf Mohammed; Harkins, Jean; O'Toole, John Mitchell
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v17 n4 p701-721 Apr 2019
Recent research in science education for learners whose first language is Arabic suggests that learning in the mother tongue can reduce learner misconceptions, but there has been little research into the comprehensibility of science texts where Arabic is the language of instruction. This mixed-methods study describes the perceptions of substantial changes in science education, including translation of American science textbooks into Arabic, expressed by six grade 10 physics teachers and 360 grade 10 physics learners in two cities in Saudi Arabia. Factor analysis allowed themes emerging from the teacher interviews to be compared with underlying constructs from student questionnaire responses. Results reveal teachers' and students' concerns about adequacy of resourcing for the newly mandated student-centered style of learning, and language difficulties affecting comprehensibility of the textbook to support students' learning. These findings suggest that science education policymakers should consider all components of constructive alignment if they wish to achieve the goals of science education reform that they set for themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia