A Methodological Approach for Researching National Classroom Practices

Meng, Yew Tee and Samuel, Moses and Norjoharuddeen, Mohd Nor and Shanthi, Nadarajan (2016) A Methodological Approach for Researching National Classroom Practices. Journal of International and Comparative Education, 5 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2232-1802

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Little continues to be known about what actually happens in classrooms, particularly from a national perspective. Descriptions of classroom practices from a national vantage point can provide a bird’s eye view of salient patterns and variations within an education system, especially one as centralised as that of Malaysia. With these descriptions, especially if the primary data consists of video recordings, one can also begin to compare movements in classroom practices across time and space; theorise about the nature of practice within the system as well as inform policy deliberations. This paper examines key methodological decisions of conducting a national study to research classroom educational practice within Malaysia’s public school system. The case is made for the use of such studies to gain a bird’s eye perspective of classroom practices in a national system as well as to lay the foundations for inter-system comparisons. Potential implications and opportunities of these types of studies are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational process, classroom practice, pedagogical practice, assessment practice, curriculum implementation practice, national study, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2016 19:38
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:29
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/13579

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