UNDERSTANDING MOTIVATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ATTENDING SCIENCE CLASSES: A COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION OF PARENTAL INFLUENCE AND OTHER FACTORS ON MENTAL WELL-BEING

This research proposal aims to explore the motivations behind secondary school children's decisions to attend science classes. The study will investigate whether students choose to pursue science subjects out of genuine interest or not.

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Introduction 

The education system plays a crucial role in shaping the future of young minds. As secondary school children enter a critical phase of their academic journey, it is imperative to comprehend the factors influencing their decision to enrol in science classes. Some students may have a genuine passion for science, while others may choose these subjects due to external pressures, such as parental expectations or socio-economic circumstances. This research aims to identify the driving forces behind students' decisions to attend science classes and explore the potential implications of these motivations on their mental well-being. 

Problem statement 

Education system plays a vital role in the development of modern technological nation in 2020. To realise the 2020 vision and the National Science and Technology Policy, the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a mission to ensure that the student ratio in Malaysia will be 60:40 which represents 60% science stream and 40% arts stream students in the upper secondary school (Saleh, 2014). 

 Malaysian’s vision to be a developed country by 2020 has put science and  technology to be important subjects to excel in. Science and technology  perceived as the fundamental forces behind the economic development in  developed country. Reports on the performance in science learning and especially  students’ lack of interest as well as their declining ability to do science (Kong, 1993;  Lee 2001) led to much concern on achieving the above goals. Based on the selected research, the findings indicate that secondary students are not motivated in learning science subjects especially physics (Ondere, Edward and Baluku, 2016;Saleh, 2014). As a result, the number of students' enrolment into tertiary education in science subjects is decreasing almost every year (Yunus, and Ali, 2013). Yunus and Ali (2013) and Saleh (2014) in their research discovered that students have negative attitudes toward learning science. This is because of two reasons where firstly it relates to the syllabus which is considered too wide and rigid. It is crucial to identify the problem of this lacking of interest and by doing so we can implement guidelines or programs to increase students interest to science. 

Objectives 

This research proposal aims to explore the motivations behind secondary school children's decisions to attend science classes. The study will investigate whether students choose to pursue science subjects out of genuine interest and passion or if external factors, such as parental influence and socio-economic conditions, play a significant role in their decision-making process. Additionally, the proposal aims to examine the potential impact of these motivations on the mental well-being of the students. The findings of this research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the factors influencing students' educational choices and mental health, which could inform educational policies and support systems to enhance students' overall wellbeing. 

Methodology 

a)            Research Design: A mixed-methods approach will be adopted, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques. 

b)            Sample Selection: A diverse sample of secondary school students from different socio-economic backgrounds and regions will be selected to ensure the study's generalizability. 

c)            Data Collection: 

i. Surveys: Structured questionnaires will be administered to gather quantitative data on students' motivations and mental wellbeing. ii. Interviews: In-depth interviews with selected students and their parents will provide valuable insights into the factors influencing their choices. 

iii. Focus Groups: Conducting focus group discussions with students will facilitate an open dialogue about their experiences and feelings regarding science classes. 

iv. Academic Records: Analysis of academic performance records will be conducted to correlate motivations with achievement levels. 

Expected Outcomes: 

This research aims to shed light on the complex interplay between students' motivations, parental influence, and mental 

well-being. The results will help in understanding how to foster a genuine interest in science among students and create a supportive educational environment that promotes their mental health. 

Significance 

This study's findings will be of paramount importance to educators, parents, policymakers, and mental health professionals. By understanding the factors impacting students' educational choices and mental well-being, appropriate interventions and support systems can be developed to ensure students' holistic development. 

Conclusion 

This research aims to contribute valuable insights into the motivations behind secondary school children attending science classes. By understanding these motivations and their impact on mental well-being, this study seeks to create a positive and nurturing educational environment that fosters students' genuine interest in science and supports their overall development.    


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