USING CARDINAL DIRECTIONS IN MAP READING ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS’ SPATIAL ORIENTATION

Ermita, Ermita and Van Galen, Frans and Van Eerde, H.A.A. (2015) USING CARDINAL DIRECTIONS IN MAP READING ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS’ SPATIAL ORIENTATION. In: The Third South East Asia Design/Development Research International Conference, 18 Apr - 19 Apr 2015, Palembang.

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    Abstract

    Map reading activity is a good way to convey spatial information as well as to apply people’s spatial ability, particularly spatial orientation. Map reading activities may support the development of students’ spatial orientation. In order to support the development of students’ spatial orientation, in the present study we designed three lessons involving the cardinal directions in map reading activities. We considered using cardinal direction since it is closely related to the Buginese culture. The subject of this study is 5th grade students (10-11 years old) in SD Inpres 3/77 Arasoe, one village in South Sulawesi. The aim of this study is to contribute to a local instruction theory of spatial orientation particularly in map reading. Consequently, design research as an approach and Pendidikan Matematika Realistik Indonesia (PMRI) adapted from Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) were chosen to achieve the research aim. To conjecture what happens in the classroom, the Hypothetical Leaning Trajectory was designed consisting of starting points, mathematical goals, mathematical activities, and the hypothesis of students’ thinking. Data collections were generated from the video recording of activities during teaching and learning activities, students’ written works, pre-test and post-test, and an interview with students. The HLT was compared with the students’ actual learning trajectory during the teaching experiment in order to analyse whether the mathematical goals designed are achieved during the instructional sequence. Even though the teaching experiment was very short, we concluded that using cardinal directions in map reading activities could support the development of students’ spatial orientation. Keywords: design research, spatial ability, spatial orientation, map reading, Realistic Mathematics Education (RME)

    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 11:09
    Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 11:09
    URI: http://eprints.unsri.ac.id/id/eprint/5778

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