Active Learning to Improve Fifth Grade Mathematics Achievement in Banten

Andri Suherman, Soesaptri Oediyani, Ika Handayani, Lia Uzliawati, Ina Indriana, Darlaini Nasution

Abstract


Teaching for active learning is a pedagogical technique that has been actively promoted in Indonesian education through government reform efforts and international development assistance projects for decades. Recently, elementary schools in Banten province received training in active learning instructional strategies from the USAID-funded project, Decentralized Basic Education 2. Post-training evaluations conducted by lecturers from the University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (UNTIRTA: Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa) suggested that teachers were successfully employing active learning strategies in some subjects, but not mathematics. In order to understand the difficulties teachers were having in teaching for active learning in mathematics, and to assist them in using active learning strategies, a team of lecturers from UNTIRTA designed and carried out an action research project to train teachers in an elementary school in the city of Cilegon to use a technique called Magic Fingers in teaching Grade 5 multiplication. During the course of the project the research team discovered that teachers were having problems transferring knowledge gained from training in one context and subject to other school subjects and contexts.

 

Key Words: Mathematics, Teaching for Active Learning, Indonesia, Banten


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ehe.2011.59

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