Learners’ issues in the preparation and qualitative analysis of salts topics in chemistry: Teachers’ perspectives

Muhamad Furkan Mat Salleh 1 2, Rose Amnah Abd. Rauf 1 * , Rohaida Mohd Saat 1, Mohamad Hisyam Ismail 1
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1 Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
2 Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA
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EUR J SCI MATH ED, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp. 392-409. https://doi.org/10.30935/scimath/12789
Published Online: 02 January 2023, Published: 01 July 2023
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ABSTRACT

This study examines learners’ issues in learning the preparation and qualitative analysis of salts topic from Malaysian chemistry teachers’ perspectives. The researchers adopted a qualitative design and conducted semi-structured interviews with sixteen informants who have experience of teaching chemistry for more than five years. They were selected via purposive sampling. Document analysis was conducted to verify and supplement findings obtained from the interviews. The study reports five issues that emerged from the data analysis: negative perceptions, dealing with the number of information, imagining abstract concepts, mastery of basic knowledge and solving problems, and fulfilling the grading criteria. The study results confirm the unanimity of past studies on students’ unfavorable views on these topics and their struggle in learning abstract concepts involved in the salts formation and analysis. Besides, students’ issues are also significantly rooted in having weak prior knowledge of salts, affecting their ability to solve related problems. The study suggested that teachers must practice various approaches and strategies deemed effective in aiding learners in learning and be more selective in choosing approaches tailored to the individual students’ issues in learning these topics in class.

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Salleh, M. F. M., Rauf, R. A. A., Saat, R. M., & Ismail, M. H. (2023). Learners’ issues in the preparation and qualitative analysis of salts topics in chemistry: Teachers’ perspectives. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 11(3), 392-409. https://doi.org/10.30935/scimath/12789

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