Multiple Representations’ Ability in Solving Word Problem
Nurrahmawati1, Cholis Sa’dijah2, Sudirman3, Makbul Muksar4

1Nurrahmawati, Graduate School, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia.
2Cholis Sa’dijah, Graduate School, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia.
3Sudirman, Graduate School, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia.
4Makbul Muksar, Graduate School, Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia.
Manuscript received on 17 June 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 11 July 2019 | Manuscript Published on 17 July 2019 | PP: 737-745 | Volume-8 Issue-1C2 May 2019 | Retrieval Number: A11240581C219/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: The ability of multiple representations is very important for college mathematics education students, both for understanding mathematical concepts and solving problems. However, there are still many college students who have difficulty using various representations in solving mathematical problems. The hope is that the higher the cognitive level of college students, the more knowledge of the various representations they have. The purpose of this research is to explore the ability of multiple representations of college mathematicseducation students to solve word problems and what representation forms are used. The questions given relate to the concepts that they have learned in the previous education level. The written answer to the subject was analyzed and continued with semi-structured interviews. The results of the analysis show that there are two types of ways to solve word problems, namely the first type is to use numerical and symbolic representations, and the second type is by symbolic, numerical, and graphical representation. The difference in the multiple representations’ ability of students in solving problems is influenced by individual characteristics and the learning experience that they get before. Therefore, it is hoped that the teacher can use various representations in mathematics learning.
Keywords: Mathematical Multiple Representations, Problem Solving, Word Problem.
Scope of the Article: Problem Solving and Planning