Research Issues and Practices on Mathematics Education

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Fatmawati, S. Si, M. Ed

In the late of ninetieth century, mathematics education research has been static and is not providing much needed direction for our future to growth. It seems like they did not answer the important questions and address real problems. Furthermore, the influence from social, cultural, economic, and political factors impact research endeavour that continue to be fuelled by opposing value held by stakeholders. For instance; severe cuts in education budgets in the past decade impact heavily on mathematics research that required researchers to seek financial support from independent body. Continue reading

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Berkunjung ke Healesville Sanctuary (Surganya Native Australian Animals)

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Kalau sudah berkunjung ke Victoria-Australia, belum lengkap kiranya sebelum mengunjungi HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY. Alhmadulillah, Kamis 17 Pebruari 2011 kemarin saya berkesempatan untuk mengunjugi cagar alam yang sangat terkenal di salah satu negara bagian Australia.

Hamparan perkebunan anggur

Dari Deakin University, Melbourne, perjalanan menuju Healesville Sanctuary memakan waktu kurang lebih 2 jam. Di sepanjang perjalanan, anda akan disungguhkan dengan pemandangan khas pedalaman Australia yang jarang anda lihat di kota besar seperti Melbourne, Sydney atau Canberra. Di kiri kanan akan terlihat segerombolan biri-biri yang menggemaskan. Tidak hanya itu, hamparan perkebunan anggur dan strawberry yang menggoda pun menambah indahnya perjalanan. Continue reading

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Celebrity Wannabe si ‘Virus’ Global yang Mengancam

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Ditengah semakin gencarnya arus modernisasi dan globalisasi, tak hanya gaya hidup seseorang saja yang berubah, tapi juga pencapaian dan pandangan hidup seseorang juga dapat berubah. Kalau dulu kita pernah mempunyai cita-cita untuk menjadi pengacara, dokter, atau guru, masa sekarang keinginan tersebut telah jauh bergeser. Anak muda zaman sekarang lebih memilih untuk menjadi penyanyi, bintang film/sinetron, model, atau bintang ikan yang terkenal dan selalu tampil di TV dan media cetak. Hal ini telah menyebabkan munculnya ‘virus’ global baru yang mengancam generasi muda, ‘virus’ baru ini saya namakan “Celebrity Wannabe”. Continue reading

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Love potions and aphrodisiacs

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Dr Cindy Pan discusses those things that get you and your partner in the mood.

Over the centuries, hundreds of substances have been purported to have desire-arousing qualities, but sadly none has ever been proven to actually work.

The most powerful aphrodisiac does not come in a potion or pill, but in the form of a loving, fulfilling relationship based on good communication, commitment and caring. Once you have that most essential ingredient, there are many ways to further enhance the sexual experience and promote desire. These include ensuring you optimise your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing and take care of your relationship.

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Cerdas Memilih Kosmetik

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Bagi sebagian wanita, kecantikan tidak dapat dipisahkan dari perlengkapan make-up yang dimilikinya, dari yang sederhana seperti compact powder dan lipstick sampai dengan yang khusus memerluhkan make-up bag untuk menampung perlengkapan make-up nya. Make-up sejatinya berfungsi untuk membantu wanita kelihatan cantik dan menarik. Tapi tahukah anda bahwa bahan-bahan kimia yang terkandung didalamnya dapat meninggalkan kerusakan yang tak terlihat bagi kulit wajah anda?

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Ketika Tabu Tak (lagi) Menjadi Tabu

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Hal-hal yang tabu dimasyarakat baik yang terlarang dari segi agama dan norma kini menjadi hal yang biasa dan umum dilakukan, terlebih dengan perkembangan arus modernisasi dan globalisasi. Apa saja hal-hal yang tabu dan mejadi sangat lumrah itu? Paparan berikut adalah beberapa diantaranya dan dianalisa dari kacamata saya. Semoga bermanfaat.

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Action Research Proposal

Part 1

An Action Research Proposal

Using Game to Encourage Students’ HOT in Mathematics Classroom

FATMAWATI & RAHMI

Introduction of Problem

 

Fatma is a mathematics teacher in a private international school in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. After participating in the training of problem solving for mathematics teacher as a part of professional activity, she develops a new teaching methodology which she presumed can encourage students’ high thinking skills as well as problem solving using mathematical games.

Integrating games in teaching mathematics classroom is definitely new and challenging in her school. Typically, she has to select the sort of games and connect them to a particular topic in mathematics, yet keep them on track with the curriculum. Another important issue is choosing and providing appropriate materials needed by students, besides students’ activities and collaboration in the classroom.

In order to review her teaching at the first time she run the plan, Fatma requests her critical friend, Rahmi to observe her teaching. Fatma is a teacher who has experience less than two years, Rahmi, on the other hand is an experienced teacher with more than five years experience in teaching.

Fatma and Rahmi, then conduct one small action research activity to evaluate the usefulness of games in mathematics classroom. Action research is defined by Macintyre (2000) to be: ‘an investigation, where, as a result of rigorous self-appraisal of current practice, the researcher focuses on a ‘problem’ (or a topic or an issue which needs to be explained), and on the basis of information … plans, implements, then evaluates an action then draws conclusions on the basis of the findings’ (cited in Mead & Maxwell 2010:10).

Action research has systematic procedures that practitioners must follow, to gain a conclusion. Such procedures, indeed, makes action research distinct from other empirical research (Brighton 2009).

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