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      Expanding Opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Subjects Teaching and Learning: Connecting through Comics

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      The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences : MJMS
      Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
      comic STEM, Year One children, STEM education, mathematics, science, cognitive neurosciences

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          This study presents the results of a year-long project focused on analysis and reflection on working with comics by Year One students in Hulu Langat districts. This study presents the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) comics to help children understand certain physical phenomena and try to make students interested in mathematics and science subject. Thirteen excellent teachers of science and mathematics from the Hulu Langat district were involved in the analysis of syllabus Year One science and mathematics subjects and the preparation of scripts while the STEM comic illustrator was created by two lecturers from the Faculty of Art, Computing and Creative Industry from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak Malaysia. The study is based on observations of changing perception of phenomena by children as a result of the use of comics. As a result, a STEM comic that contains ten series for Year One science and mathematics subjects has been successfully developed. This comic is expected to attract and enhance the achievement of Year One students in science and mathematics. Implication of this study, STEM comics can be used by teachers as science and mathematics teaching aids. Comics are proven to be a modern pedagogical strategy, which is starting to gain its popularity in teaching about mathematics and science. Comics can be very helpful tools in making science and mathematics concepts interesting, fun learning and comprehensible for a Year One children.

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              The humour effect: differential processing and privileged retrieval.

              The effects of humour on memory and heart rate were explored as a function of experimental design. In within-subject manipulations, original humorous cartoons were better remembered than the literal translations and weird cartoons, whereas literal and weird cartoons were equally well remembered. Good recall of humorous cartoons occurred at the expense of recall of non-humorous cartoons. Secondary heart-rate deceleration was larger in response to original cartoons than to literal and weird cartoons. Neither the memory nor the heart-rate effects were found in between-subjects comparisons. The results were consistent with differential processing resulting from within-list contrasts. However, retrieval processes also favoured good recall of humorous material.
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                Journal
                Malays J Med Sci
                Malays J Med Sci
                Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
                The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences : MJMS
                Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
                1394-195X
                2180-4303
                July 2019
                29 August 2019
                : 26
                : 4
                : 127-133
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia
                [2 ]Department of Neurosciences, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia
                [3 ]Brain and Behaviour Cluster, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia
                [4 ]Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Dr Mazlini Adnan, BSc Ed (Hons) Mathematics (Universiti Malaya), Med (Mathematics) (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), PhD (Mathematics Education) (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia. Tel: +6015 48797418, Fax: +6015 48797296, E-mail: mazlini@ 123456fsmt.upsi.edu.my
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                15mjms26042019_sc
                10.21315/mjms2019.26.4.15
                6719879
                4afb11ed-6c81-41a8-8bda-4f7d6e3947c4
                © Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2019

                This work is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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                : 25 June 2019
                : 30 June 2019
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                comic stem,year one children,stem education,mathematics,science,cognitive neurosciences

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