Feb 12, 2013

The Nature of Mathematics Education Aim


By Marsigit
Yogyakarta State University

Philosophically, the aims of mathematics education stretch from the movement of back to basic of arithmetics teaching, certification, transfer of knowledge, creativity, up to develop students understanding.

Once upon a time, a mathematics teacher delivered his notion that the objective of his mathematical lesson was to use better mathematical, more advance terminology and to grasp a certain concept of mathematics. Other teacher claimed that the objective of his mathematical lesson was to achieve notions stated in the syllabi. While others may state that his aim was to get true knowledge of mathematics.

So the purpose of mathematics education should be enable students to realize, understand, judge, utilize and sometimes also perform the application of mathematics in society, in particular to situations which are of significance to their private, social and professional lives (Niss, 1983, in Ernest, 1991).

Accordingly, the curriculum should be based on project to help the pupil's self-development and self-reliance; the life situation of the learner is the starting point of educational planning; knowledge acquisition is part of the projects; and social change is the ultimate aim of the curriculum (Ernest, 1991).

Implicitly, Ernest (1995) outlined that the nature of the aim of mathematics education depends on its ideology and philosophy of mathematics education. The aims of mathematics education are different among the ideology of mathematics: industrial trainer, humanism society, progressive teaching or education for all.

References:
Ernest, P., 1994, Mathematics, Education and Philosophy: An International Perspective. The Falmer Press: London.

Ernest, P., 2002, What Is The Philosophy Of Mathematics Education?
Paul Ernest University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Retrieved

Ernest, P., 2007, Mathematics Education Ideologies And Globalization. Retrieved

2 comments:

  1. Wahyu Lestari
    16709251074
    PPS P.Mat D

    Dari artikel ini kia tahu bahwa banyak orang yang memiliki persepsi mengenai tujuan pendidikan. Dan setiap persepsi itu berbeda-beda setiap orang. Dan disinipun saya juga ingin berpendapat bahwasanya tujuan pendidikan matematika agar anak dapat mengetahui dan memahami konsep-konsep matematika. Anak diharapkan tidak hanya mengetahui konsep-konsep dasar matematika saja namun membangun konsep-konsep matematika tersebut harapannya agar anak dapat memahami secara mendalam konsep-konsep tersebut. Dan semua kembali pada diri masing-masing, karna bahwasanya berpendapat itu diperbolehkan yang terpenting jangan mengutamakan ego masing-masing.

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  2. Resvita Febrima
    16709251076
    P-Mat D 2016

    dari berbagai tuuan pendidikan yang dijabarkan diatas, memang untuk menyamakan suatu tuuan kita membutuhkan kurikulum. agar tujuan yang kita harapakan merata seluruh indonesia.
    tai goal yang harus dicapai tentu berdasarkan keinginan pribadi dari siswa tersebut, tergantung pada cita-cita yang ingin dicapainya. tapi saya juga setuju dengan Ernest (1995), yang secara implisit mengemukakan bahwa sifat dari tujuan pendidikan matematika bergantung pada ideologi dan filsafat pendidikan matematika.

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