ACTION RESEARCH: DEVELOPING AND ACHIEVING SPN 21 STANDARDS




Report on the test given to year 4 students in Sekolah Rend...
The test paper below has been modified by changing name of school and the name

of classes and was given to the students.
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During the test, the teacher only allowed to explain in English.


Student’s response:


1) 47 out of 48 students answer A...
After I explain the question in Malay Language and show him how to read the bar graph,

then the student able to answer th...
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  1. 1. ACTION RESEARCH: DEVELOPING AND ACHIEVING SPN 21 STANDARDS Report on the test given to year 4 students in Sekolah Rendah Mabohai using Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS4) test paper. Date of the test: 1st July 2010 Time: During Mathematics period No. of students: 48 students Year: 4A, 4B and 4C As shown below is the original test paper that was taken from TIMSS 2003 4 th-Grade Mathematics concepts and Mathematics Items.
  2. 2. The test paper below has been modified by changing name of school and the name of classes and was given to the students. Bar graph: Which two shows 80 bottles? Mabohai Primary School had a bottle collection. Children in each class brought empty bottles to school. The principal made a bar graph of the number of bottles from five classes. Which two classes collected exactly 80 bottles? (A) 4A and 4C classes (B) 4A and 4E classes (C) 4C and 4D classes (D) 4D and 4E classes The correct answer is (A) 4A and 4C classes
  3. 3. During the test, the teacher only allowed to explain in English. Student’s response: 1) 47 out of 48 students answer A 2) Only 1 student answer C 3) None of the students answer B and D As mention above, the correct answer is (A) 4A and 4C classes. So only one student could not answer the question correctly. Intervention: Since only one student got it wrong, I have called out the student to do the test one more time. At this test, I ask the student what is the problem that he had with this question. The problem: 1) Don’t understand the question because it is in English 2) Don’t know how to read the graph. How to solve the problem: 1) By explaining the question in Malay Language. 2) By showing how to read the bar graph
  4. 4. After I explain the question in Malay Language and show him how to read the bar graph, then the student able to answer the question easily. Conclusion: When the test was given to all 48 students, only one student cannot answer it correctly. When compare to international average, student year 4 in Brunei Darussalam can achieve higher overall percentage that is 98%, the same with Hongkong, SAR students result. It shows that most of the Bruneian students able to read and interpret bar graph to answer the question and for the low ability student, the teacher should explain thoroughly and if possible use the language that the student is familiar with and strategies that can make them understand better. So that not only high and average students can achieve the understanding of the concept in mathematics but also the students will low ability. In order to achieve SPN 21 standards, we must be able to develop different type of teaching and learning strategies to meet with different type of student’s abilities. Done by: Azrenah binti Haji Yakub Sekolah Rendah Mabohai, Brunei I 22nd July 2010

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