The Improvement of Students Cognitive and Social Skill through Problem Based Learning Model
Social Studies Education Program, Indonesia University of Education Jalan Setiabudi 229, Bandung, 40154 Indonesia
In the 21st century, students are obligated to own recent knowledge and skill, both nationally and globally. Therefore, teachers have to be innovative in using learning models in order to improve students cognitive and social skill. The present study aims at improving students cognitive and social skill through problem based learning and discovery learning. Research method used in the study was quasi-experiment at SMP NEGERI 24 Bandung. The result of study revealed that there is no difference between problem based learning and discovery learning in case of improving students cognitive skill. On the other hand, in case of social skills improvement, problem based learning model is more effective than discovery learning model. This happens since in the problem based learning model, the learning process was more contextual, the discussion was more intensive, and students motivation in solving the problems was higher. It is recommended that contextual, active, and cooperative learning model should be applied during the teaching process.
Topic: Geographical Education