DOI: https://doi.org/10.21070/picecrs.v1i1.501

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(1) * Suriati Salleh   (School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia)  
(2)  Nurahimah Mohd. Yusoff   (School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia)  
(*) Corresponding Author


This study was conducted to examine teachers’ attitudes and beliefs towards the use of Student-Centred Learning in English language classes. In addition, it also sought to examine the extent of student-centred learning practices amongst primary school teachers have on their students’ performance in the English language. A survey was carried out to collect data from 147 primary school English language teachers in Perlis. The questionnaires were used to determine the teachers’ beliefsand attitudes towards student-centred learning and to measure the extent teachers practice or attempt to practice student-centred learning in their classrooms. The results for March Test and mid-term examinations were also collected from 346 respondents of Year Five students to determine the relationship between student-centred learning practices and the students’ achievement. The findings of this research showed that there were positive attitudes of the English language teachers towards student-centred learning. However, the teachers employ both student-centred and teacher-centred learning strategies in teaching English language for the primary school. Apart from that, the findings also revealed that there was a positive relationship between student-centred learning practices and students’ achievement in the English language subject but the relationship was a weak relationship.As such, recommendations were proposed in terms of improving teacher training and future research to investigate further on student-centred learning practices in Malaysia.


Teachers’ attitudes and beliefs; Student-centred learning; English language

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