Patterns of Physics Problem-solving and Metacognition among Secondary School Students: A Comparative Study between the UK and Malaysian Cases

By Fatin Aliah Phang.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Physics problem-solving is one of the fundamental skills among Physics students. Research shows that metacognition has played an important role in Physics problem-solving process. Previous research (Phang, 2009) has established patterns of Physics problem-solving and metacognition among secondary school students in the UK through Grounded Theory research methodology. Continuing from this work, patterns of Physics problem-solving and metacognition among Malaysian students are investigated and compared with the UK’s patterns. The problem-solving processes are “observed” using thinking-aloud technique followed by retrospective interviews. These are recorded using a digital video camera and transcribed for in-depth analysis. Although the basic problem-solving processes are similar among the two countries’ students, the main differences are in mathematical skills, reasoning skills and metacognitive skills.

Keywords: Metacognition, Physics Problem Solving, Secondary School, Grounded Theory, Thinking Aloud Protocol

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.309-324. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 693.257KB).

Dr. Fatin Aliah Phang

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

Dr Fatin Aliah Phang completed her PhD at University of Cambridge in Education in 2009. She is now a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Her research area is in Physics education, focusing on problem-solving, metacognition and qualitative research methodology. She is also working on the fields of engineering education with Centre of Teaching & Learning, UTM and low-carbon society awareness with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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