ANALYSIS OF TEACHER UNDERSTANDING ON MATHEMATICAL LITERACY PROBLEMS

Al Jupri

Abstract


Indonesian government has been promoting the National Literacy Movement, including quantitative and mathematical literacy, since 2016. However, ‘infrastructure’ for succeeding this movement seems lacking, such as teachers’ readiness in promoting mathematical literacy skills in the learning and teaching process. To investigate this situation, this research aims to analyze secondary school mathematics teachers’ understanding on mathematical literacy problems. To reach this aim, we carried out a survey study involving 32 mathematics teachers in Bandung. In this survey, each teacher was requested to send two mathematics problems and solutions that are considered to be mathematical literacy problems via Google Form.  The result of analysis toward the problems showed that about only one fourth of the number of teachers is familiar with mathematical literacy problems, that is, rather than sending appropriate mathematical literacy problems, the teachers have sent school mathematics problems. Also, the teachers seemed to consider that mathematical literacy problems are the same as word problems in school mathematics. We conclude that teachers’ understanding on literacy problems is needed to be improved so as to they can integrate their understanding into the learning and teaching process.


Keywords


Mathematical Literacy; Mathematical Literacy Problems; National Literacy Movement; Mathematics Education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18269/jpmipa.v25i1.21690

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