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Learning in Malaysian Smart Schools: Smart Schools in Sabah

Sabariah Sharif.

The purpose of this paper is to discusses the usage and the impact of integrating Information and Communication Technolgy (ICT) in Malaysian Smart School classrooms. Among others the purpose of this project is to accomodate individual different learning styles and to produce a technologically literate work force. The focus is on how ICT has changed the students' learning process and the learning process itself. Case study evidence was taken from studying in-depth 17 lessons taught by 17 teachers. Semi-structured interview were conducted with the teachers observed and groups of students who used ICT in the lesson. Evidence had also been collected from classroom observation and field notes and video of the overall lesson structure and flow. It is found that the literature on the pedagogical strategies adopted was supportive of what was observed in the MSS classrooms. Students were supportive of ICT integration in their classrooms and appreciated the use of technology. Both the teachers and students roles have absolutely change. However, they were challenged by the lack of hardware and software resources. In summary, teachers had adopted the techniques associated with a constructivist approach in order to meet Malaysia Smart School goals.


Sabariah Sharif  (Malaysia)
Lecturer in Education
School of Education and Social Development
Universiti Malaysia Sabah

BSc. in Marine Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MA in Education and PhD from University of Bath 2002. Have been teaching in secondary schools for more than four years before joining the University.

  • ICT
  • Malaysia
  • Smart School
  • Constructivism

(30 min Conference Paper, English)