Hidayah Mohd FADZIL1 , Rohaida Mohd SAAT2
1 Dr., University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur-MALAYSIA
2 Prof. Dr. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur-MALAYSIA
Received: 02.02.2018 Revised: 11.01.2019 Accepted: 06.05.2019
The original language of article is English (v.16, n.2, June 2019, pp. 240-252, doi: 10.12973/tused. 10278a)
Reference: Fadzil, H. M., & Saat, R. M. (2019). The Development of a Resource Guide in Assessing Students’ Science Manipulative Skills at Secondary Schools. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 16(2), 240-252.
Manipulative skills and abilities include skills in the handling and manipulation
of materials and apparatus in the context of scientific investigation. Science
teachers appeared to be struggling with the mode of assessment in making authentic
evaluation of manipulative skills in laboratories. One of the contributing factors
is due to the lack of instrument developed to assess these skills. This paper
explains the development of a resource guide in assessing students’ manipulative
skills at secondary schools. This study employed a qualitative research methodology.
The development of a resource guide in assessing students’ manipulative skills
involved three phases; (i) analysis, (ii) design and development, and (iii)
implementation and evaluation. The evaluation of this guide was conducted qualitatively
with 40 science teachers. Findings showed that the development of this resource
guide is advantageous and beneficial to facilitate teachers in determining students’
manipulative skills competency during practical work so that students can be
more prepared for the implementation of the upcoming science practical examination.
The findings may contribute towards enriching research on assessment of manipulative
skills at the secondary school level. Science educators, either pre-service
or in-service, may use this resource guide to improve their instruction during
Keywords: Assessment of scientific skills, rubric development, secondary science, practical work, science manipulative skills.