Under the Ministry of Education Malaysia's initiative, the British Council works in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University to raise levels of science proficiency and higher order thinking skills (HOTS) among Malaysian students through the HEBAT Sains project.
In line with the Ministry of Education Malaysia’s efforts to strengthen the teaching and learning of science subject, the HEBAT Sains project aimed to provide targeted classroom resources, teachers’ resources and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) materials, and the integration of higher order thinking skills (HOTS) techniques.
The 30 HEBAT Sains modules which were developed through the Project were mapped to the science curriculum and became a part of the revised “Standard Based Curriculum for Secondary Schools” (KSSM) implemented in 2017. A balanced set of knowledge and skills such as creative thinking, innovation, problem-solving and leadership among the students were included in the revised curriculum.
According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2018, Malaysian students showed an improvement in science – achieving a mean scores of 438 which was higher than when Malaysia first participated in 2009, and in 2012. 63% (of the Malaysian students) could recognise the correct explanation for familiar scientific phenomena and can use such knowledge to identify, in simple cases, where a conclusion is valid based on the data provided.
For PISA 2018 Malaysia overview, please click here.