CONNECTING CONCEPTS TEST: ALTERNATIVE INSTRUMENT FORM TO ENHANCE THE REASONING POWER IN UNDERSTANDING OF CONCEPTS (CASE STUDY OF GEOGRAPHY SUBJECT)
Ahmad Yani, Nurmala Dewi, Rosita
Department of Geography Education
Faculty of Social Science Education
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
In an education evaluation there were a lot of known instrument test types such as multiple choices, description, short fills, and matching. All of them has their own excellences, but to enhance a guided reasoning power are still perceived as less. According to meaningful learning theory that based on cognitive and constructivist learning, learning is an effort to enrich addition concept and connecting between new concept with old concept (that has known previously). To measure the relation between two concept or more, in fact there was still no its measurement instrument. This research aims to prove that connecting concept test form is effective to use as an alternative in measuring reasoning power and understanding of concepts. Subject of this research is students of XII grade as participants on the trial. The research result shows that there was a relation between student achievements with test scores. And test instrument has a fairly significantly distinguishing ability. Recommendation of this research is encourage other researchers to develop the model of Connecting Concepts Learning that based on consolidation of relation between relevant concepts.
Topic: Geographical Education