AREA MODEL TO SUPPORT STUDENTS TO SENSE DURING THE TRANSITION FROM BINOMIALS MULTIPLICATION TO FACTORIZATION

Chasanah, Nur and Zulkardi, Zulkardi and Darmawijoyo, Darmawijoyo (2015) AREA MODEL TO SUPPORT STUDENTS TO SENSE DURING THE TRANSITION FROM BINOMIALS MULTIPLICATION TO FACTORIZATION. In: The Third South East Asia Design/Development Research International Conference, 18 Apr - 19 Apr 2015, Palembang.

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    Abstract

    Algebra, seen as a gateway to success in higher education, remains as one of the most important topic in early secondary school. However, many studies have shown that students often find difficulties in learning algebra. One of the difficulties is the transition from arithmetic thinking to algebraic thinking. Hence, this study aims at supporting students’ understanding during this transition. Employing design research as the root of this research, a series of instructional activities is design. There were two cycles in the main study. However, this paper is based on merely the first cycle. Realistic Mathematics Education is used as the approach in this design and area model is used as the tool to support students’ understanding during the transition. The mathematical activities are made around the topic of binomials multiplication, a starter topic in quadratic equations in secondary school. Four students of 7th grade of SMP N 1 Palembang were involved in the teaching experiment as the participants. Data collection of this study includes students’ written work, video registration, students’ interview and field notes during the teaching experiment. As the result of this study, the students showed not merely ability in binomials multiplication, but also a sense of understanding the basic knowledge to do factorization. Keywords: algebra, area model, binomials multiplication, factorization, secondary school, design research, Realistic Mathematics Education

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Science Education > Department of Mathematics and Sciences Education
    Depositing User: DR. Ratu Ilma
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 11:11
    Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 11:11
    URI: http://eprints.unsri.ac.id/id/eprint/5761

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