This study is based on the premise that Islamic Education in Malaysia plays a significant role in producing an integrated personality of young generation in order to fulfil the needs of the nation in the twenty-first century. Thus, it argues that there is a need for an integrated school curriculum which could develop all student potentials. This study is important to address several key issues related directly to the effectiveness of the implementation of Islamic Education curriculum and the changes undergone by the Muslim Religious Secondary Schools in Malaysia. The findings of the study found that Islamic Education has rapidly progressed and well accepted in Malaysian national education mainstream. The findings also suggested that the Islamic Education teachers and school administrators had positive attitudes towards the implementation of the Integrated Islamic Education curriculum in schools, the large majority of Islamic Education teachers were satisfied with the overall achievement of Islamic Education, and they also believed that all objectives of the Islamic Education curriculum were either successfully or very successfully fulfilled. Despite these positive results, the study revealed that the Islamic Education teachers still have less adequate knowledge of the integrated concept of Islamic Education. Also, there were a few problems such as lack of cooperation of school leaderships, undesirable school environments, exam-oriented trend as well as the inadequacy of teachers in some schools that could hinder the effectiveness of the implementation of the HE. Accordingly, all education stakeholders from the Malaysian federal government to the school should take necessary steps to ensure the future improvement of Islamic Education in the country.
|Date of Award||Jul 2006|
|Sponsors||Government of Malaysia|