The purpose of this article is to discuss the current shortcomings in science and
mathematics education in Malaysia. The use of cooperative learning as an alternative to
traditional method is emphasized. Cooperative learning is grounded in the belief that
learning is most effective when students are actively involved in sharing ideas and work
cooperatively to complete academic tasks. This article would also focus on selected
studies done locally and their expected educational outcomes. A challenge involved in
implementing cooperative learning is also discussed.