Mijung Kim and C. H. Diong

Mijung Kim and Hoe Teck Tan

Environmental issues are complex and cannot be understood by one sole discipline or technique of science. The ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary context does not arise all by itself, but may be developed through educational strategies. The purpose of the study was to provide students the opportunity to collaborate, to solve an environmental task, and determine how they share their knowledge and communication to solve the task. Sixteen secondary school grade two (age 14) and 16 Junior College grade one students (age 17) from public schools in Singapore participated. Participants collaborated in groups to collect data and analyze them to build an eco-village in Kahang, Malaysia. Communication, integration of knowledge with all members in the group and decision-making was necessary to solve the task. Discussions and fieldwork were video recorded and transcribed. Participants’ reflection notes were also collected. Data from video recording and students’ reflection were coded and thematized. Based on the findings, this study highlighted the importance of knowledge integration and decisionmaking and the development of responsibility, communication skills and leadership in science learning. The research study was mainly descriptive and qualitative in nature.

Mijung Kim and C. H. Diong

Mijung Kim and C. H. Diong