A Study on Students' Perceptions on the Teaching of Akhlaq
The teaching of akhlaq (Islamic ethics) in the subject of Islamic Education is one of the important aspects in the Integrated Curriculum For Secondary Schools (ICSS). It is hoped the lesson of akhlaq could further develop the potential of the individual in a holistic, balanced and integrated manner encompassing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects in order to create a balanced and harmonious human being with high moral standards. The aim of this article is to examine the students' perception of the teaching of akhlaq at the secondary school level. 27 Form four students from selected secondary schools involved in this study. The semi-structured interviews were employed by the researcher to collect data from the respondents. The main focuses of the questions in the students' interview schedules were on the process of teaching and learning of akhlaq, school environment and the internal and external factors that might influence the students’ knowledge of akhlaq. The data from the interviews then were manually analyzed by the researcher. The study found that the ability to understand the lesson, teachers’ good examples and their positive attitudes were the major reasons for the students satisfaction with the teaching of akhlaq The dissatisfaction among some students with the lesson of akhlaq was mainly due to the teachers’ unattractive teaching methods, particularly the methods of reading the text-books and lecture.
Keywords: Teaching of Ethics, Islamic Education, Students' Perception
Dr. Ab. Halim Tamuri
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)