Students in Singapore know more about global scientific issues like climate change and the launching of probes to other planets, but are often baffled and lack understanding in their secondary science subjects. Eight out of ten students can confidently explain issues related to carbon-dioxide emissions or the mechanics of the NASA Mars probe, and yet six to seven of ten students find it difficult to understand the concepts and data in subjects such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Because of this, many parents turn to science private tuition for their children, either with an online or private home tutor
Findings by the Ministry of Education (MOE)
According to findings by the Ministry of Education of Singapore, technology plays a key role in the student’s exposure to global science and geography issues. With just a few clicks on their smartphone or computers, the students can watch news, features, videos, or listen to podcasts about global science and geography events and issues. Students are also drawn to these issues because – in some manner – it affects their daily lives and possible future
Many students even relate global science events to their science lessons in class.
However, the findings also show that when it comes to the complexities of understanding the setups of biology, the data and solving in chemistry, and the problem-solving in physics, many students have a hard time catching up, fall behind in their lessons, and may even incur low or failing grades in tests, exams, and the subjects themselves.
Student difficulties in their science learning environment
Student motivation is low
Many students lose interest in science subjects even at the get-go of discussions when they see a relation to mathematics or because of the poor teaching methods of the teachers. They feel less motivated when doing laboratory activities because of the problem solving that needs to be done. They form a psychological fear of science concepts and even in manipulating biology specimens.
Many students face difficulties in problem-solving even when adequate examples are given. They have a poor conceptual and procedural understanding of science concepts.
Realistically, with 30 or more students in a class, teachers are more focused on finishing the science curriculum on time rather than finding innovative and engaging teaching strategies.
Difficult subject matter content
- The properties and structure of matter are too complex even when explained.
- The parts and functions of animal, plant, and human cells are difficult to understand.
- Topics on heredity are sometimes unclear.
- Biodiversity and evolution involve very complex topics.
- Symbiotic relationships in any ecosystem are difficult to grasp and analyse.
- The process of calculating force and motion is complicated, at best.
- The processes of energy and the dissipation of energy are complex, at best.
- Concepts in geology can actually be simplified, but for some reason, they are not.
- While astronomy and the planets are interesting topics, the concepts behind them seem to be intentionally made to be complex even if they can be simplified.
In addition, students fail to see the relevance of many science topics and concepts to real life and their future, something similar to learning maths.
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