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English literacy among Malaysian first graders: boys' achievement relative to girls

Mohd Asraf, Ratnawati and Abdullah, Hazlina (2016) English literacy among Malaysian first graders: boys' achievement relative to girls. Asian EFL Journal, 18 (2). pp. 252-262. ISSN 1738-1460

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Abstract

In the past few decades, data from numerous countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia show that many boys are not performing well on a range of educational achievement measures such as literacy, and that the gap between boys' and girls' performance has increased over time. This paper discusses the results of a study that sought to determine the English literacy performance of Malaysian first graders in English. Using one of the states in the country as a case study, English literacy performance data on approximately 85,000 students from grade 1 were obtained. Teachers’ views were also sought through focus group interviews and journal entries. The results show that girls outperformed boys on all English literacy constructs.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 792/53393
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boys’ underperformance, literacy, English literacy, English literacy performance, reading.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dean RMC dean rmc
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 08:39
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 14:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/53393

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