THE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES OF MATHEMATICS TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MALAYSIA ORANG ASLI PRIMARY SCHOOLS FROM TEACHERS' PERSPECTIVES

  • Ruzlan Md-Ali School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Arsaythamby Veloo School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • S. Kanageswari Suppiah Shanmugam School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Yus'aiman Jusoh @ Yusoff School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Rosna Awang Hashim School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract

Purpose - The Malaysian government has allocated a large budget for Orang Asli primary school education via the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) to help improve Orang Asli pupils’ academic performance including mathematics. Teachers face challenges in ensuring that Orang Asli pupils become competent learners of mathematics. Hence, this study examined the teachers’ perspectives on the issues and challenges in the teaching and learning of mathematics at Orang Asli primary schools in Malaysia.
 
Methodology - In this qualitative study, Two Orang Asli primary schools were randomly selected from eight primary schools within an Orang Asli Settlement in the District of Sungai Siput. The data were collected via focus group discussions and interviews, which were carried out during enculturation visits and were fully transcribed and thematically analysed. The research participants were purposively selected and comprised the schools’ administrators and mathematics teachers.
 
Findings - The results of the data analysis showed that there were two main themes, namely classroom challenges and school challenges, in determining mathematics competence among Orang Asli pupils. Classroom challenges consisted of five sub-themes namely coverage of mathematics syllabus, mathematics teaching and learning resources, pupil engagement, language barrier, and mathematics learning culture. School challenges consisted of two sub-themes namely school attendance and discipline. To enhance mathematics competence among Orang Asli pupils, it is deemed important to conduct programmes and community engagement.
 
Significance - This study contributes to the knowledge of the teaching and learning of mathematics at Orang Asli primary schools. It is recommended that teachers allow Orang Asli pupils to take home their mathematics textbooks so that they can complete their homework at home. Teachers are highly encouraged to conduct mathematics teaching and learning activities in groups to develop meaningful and engaging lessons.

Author Biographies

Ruzlan Md-Ali, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

Ruzlan Md-Ali holds a PhD in Mathematics Education by the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and is an Associate Professor at the School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia. His research interest include the instruction and learning of mathematics as well as the psychology of learning mathematics. He had the experienced of teaching mathematics at the secondary school level and as mathematics lecturer at teacher training institutions before joining Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Arsaythamby Veloo, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

I am a Professor Dr. Arsaythamby Veloo in the field of Psychometric and Assessment in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) since 2003. I have broad teaching experiences which focused on various undergraduate and post-graduate courses and have been holding various administrative positions such as Chief Postgraduate Coordinator, Master of Education Coordinator and Chairman of the Doctoral/ Master by Research. I have been also teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Open University of Malaysia (OUM) and Teaching for Malaysia (TFM). Throughout years of teaching, I have worked enthusiastically at various training programs such as Instrument Development and data analysis Using SPSS. 

S. Kanageswari Suppiah Shanmugam, School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia

 

 

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Published
2021-07-31
How to Cite
MD-ALI, Ruzlan et al. THE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES OF MATHEMATICS TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MALAYSIA ORANG ASLI PRIMARY SCHOOLS FROM TEACHERS' PERSPECTIVES. Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 129-160, july 2021. ISSN 2180-2483. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/mjli/article/view/mjli2021.18.2.5>. Date accessed: 02 dec. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.32890/mjli2021.18.2.5.