Friday, May 22, 2015

Buat baik berpada-pada

"Buat baik berpada-pada"

'Buat' itu tingkahlaku dan pemikiran.
'Baik' itu penilaian yang berdasarkan garispanduan tertentu, atau mungkin saja tanpa apa-apa panduan khusus.
'Berpada-pada' itu batasan atau had kepada perbuatan.

Memang diakui, elok berpada-pada supaya mengelakkan timbul keadaan "kera dihutan disusukan, anak di rumah mati kelaparan".

Pada masa yang sama, buatlah amal soleh sebanyak-banyaknya seoalah-olah kita akan meninggalkan dunia esok hari.

Jika ada pertikaian tentang batas-batas perlakuan, maka kita carilah apa ukuran 'kebaikan' yang digunakan. Ukuran syariat, adat, budaya setempat, iklim organisasi, atau sifar?

Mari perbanyakkan amal soleh di hari Jumaat yang penuh barakah.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Puisi: Penantian

Penantian

Sehari itu sebilah pedang
yang mengacah-ngacah di leher
terbit peluh ketakutan

Seminggu itu segudang pedang
yang bersusun menunggu giliran
kilauannya mengaumkan ugutan
pasti ada sebilah yang akan sampai

Sebulan itu selautan pedang
yang menjemput aku
berenang memerahkan medan
menenggelamkan aku dalam gelegak ketawanya

bila pergantian matahari dan bulan
menjadi ukuran penantian
hari-hari
menjadi bilah-bilah pedang yang menyiksakan

Monday, May 18, 2015

Publication list for 2014


Journal

1.   Abd Hamid, H.S. (2014). Commuting and life satisfaction among selected Kolej Komuniti staff in Perak. Kulliyyah Research Bulletin, 5(2), 12 – 15.

2.   Yoelao, D., Mohan, K. P., & Abdul Hamid, H. S. (2014). A Review of Patient Safety in Thailand and Malaysia. International Journal of Behavioral Science, 9(2), 53-70. (Thai Citation Index)

3.   Abd Hamid, H.S. & Sulaiman, M.K. (2014). Statistics anxiety and achievement in a statistics course among psychology students. International Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 9(1), 55-66. (Thai Citation Index)



Proceedings

1.   Abd Hamid, H.S., & Sulaiman, M.K. (2014). Factor structure of Statistical Anxiety Scale (SAS) for a Malaysian Sample. Proceedings of the 11th International Postgraduate Research Colloquium, 21&22 August 2014, Serdang, Malaysia, 60-68 (ISBN 978-983-2408-18-5: CD)

2.   Haque, H.S. & Abd Hamid, H.S. (2014). Detrimental external factors that influence performance of students who repeat Psychological Statistics. Proceedings of the 11th International Postgraduate Research Colloquium, 21&22 August 2014, Serdang, Malaysia, 157-171. (ISBN 978-983-2408-18-5: CD)

3.   Abd Hamid, H.S., & Sulaiman, M.K. (2014). Statistics anxiety, basic mathematics skills and academic performance among undergraduate psychology students. Proceeding the 4th Asian Conference on Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 28 – 30 April, 2014, Osaka, Japan, 452-463.

4.   Abd Hamid, H.S. (2014). The Structure of the Barriers for Medication Administration Error Reporting (BMAER) among Malaysian Nurses [abstract]. Proceedings of the Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society, 29 & 30 December 2014, Hong Kong. p329.

Projek Mengait topi

The more youblearn about something, the easier it can be for picking up additional skill wituhn the same domain. That's what i've lesrned from recent weeks; after i picked  up a new hobby. I learned looming, chaining, single crochet, dan double crochet. Made four hats and two half-finished blanket, one of which uses the chevron pattern.

Today i learned to do puff stitch. The hat that i made was completed in one night, with a visit to a shopping mall with the family in between the crocheting. Thank you to my youtube teacher ( https://youtube/rFT12vv72cQ )for providing an easy-to-follow tutorial.

Happy teacher's day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

p value and significance


This should be easy. 

But students are prone to make mistakes in relating the p value and the test statistic. For example, one student wrote in her take home test

"Nurses attitude also do not significantly correlate with teamwork scores, r(28)=.430, p = 0.018.


The student's conclusion is wrong. When the p value that was found from the data is LOWER than the alpha value, then the test statistic (e.g. r) IS significant. In other words, as can be inferred from the diagram, the r value is significantly different from zero. It had crossed the critical boundary i.e. moving from 'not significant' zone to the 'significant' zone. 

Perhaps the mistake stems from the confusion with small numbers. Is 0.018 bigger or smaller than 0.05? If that is the case, students can use the diagram above to mark the their p value is relative to the 0.05 mark. 

The diagram should be modified when using other test statistics. If we are using z statistic, then the critical value is 1.96 when the alpha is 0.05 (i.e not dependent on df value). When we use the F test, then the minimum value is 1 instead of 0 (because F is a ratio).