Applying realistic mathematics education (RME) in teaching geometry in Indonesian primary schools


Fauzan, Ahmad (2002) Applying realistic mathematics education (RME) in teaching geometry in Indonesian primary schools. thesis.

Abstract:Similar to other countries (see for example Niss, 1996; NCTM, 2000), the
mathematics curriculum for primary schools in Indonesia pays much attention to
several important aspects such as developing pupils' reasoning, activity, creativity
and attitude, and providing pupils with mathematics skills so that they can handle
real-world problems mathematically. These aspects are crystallised in the goals of
the mathematics curriculum for Indonesian primary schools as follows:
"Preparing the pupils to be able to deal with the dynamic world situation
effectively and efficiently through practical works based on logical reasoning,
rational and critical thinking, caution and honesty". Preparing pupils to be able to use mathematics and mathematical reasoning in
their everyday life and in studying other sciences.
Despite its lofty goals, the curriculum appears to have fallen short of its aims, giving
rise to the following questions: Why is the quality of mathematics education in
Indonesian primary schools still poor? Why do most pupils hate to learn
mathematics? (see Marpaung, 1995, 2001), and Why pupils' achievements in
mathematics are poor from year to year? (see These
questions indicate that there are some problems in mathematics education in
Indonesia, especially regarding the curriculum and the learning and teaching process in primary school.
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