Current views of science educators in madrasahs about science
Muhammad Faizal Bin Othman, & Subramaniam, R. (2004). Current views of science educators in madrasahs about science. In L. C. Chew (Ed.), Innovation & enterprise: Education for the new economy: Proceedings for the ERAS Conference (pp. 701-712). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
Muhammad Faizal Othman
Subramaniam, R. (Ramanathan)
In Singapore, science teachers in Madrasahs work in an environment where Islamic principles are pronounced. The curriculum offers both Islamic and secular studies. One aspect of its secular studies is science. The content of the science syllabus is primarily based on modem science. This research aims to document the current views of science educators in the Madrasahs about science, its connections with epistemology, religion, economy, environment, health, public policy, aesthetics and literacy. A total of 34 Madrasah science teachers, representing about 94% of the Madrasah science teachers population in Singapore, responded to a survey instrument for the purpose of this research. Results showed that science teachers in the Madrasahs are positive about science. In fact they feel that science is important, and that scientific research should be adequately funded by government. More than 90% of the respondents feel that a person can be both religious and scientific, that science has made contributions to public health, and that it has contributed to mankind's appreciation of beauty. However, most (91%) disagreed that science is more important than religion.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 24-26 November 2004