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Jakarta Post

Mathematics for real life, inspired by the Dutch

  • The Jakarta Post


  /   Sat, June 6 2009   /  12:28 pm

The Dutch-inspired Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) program has made it possible for elementary school students to develop their own mathematical formulas. The existing PMRI system in Indonesia involves 2,000 teachers from 200 elementary schools and 100 mathematics lecturers from higher education institutions. R.K. Sembiring of the Bandung Institute of Technology said, "the system is developed bottom-up. It triggers students' initiative and builds their ability to respect different opinions while formulating solutions for a problem." "It even develops a sense of democracy among students. They may find during the problem-solving process that there are different formulas leading to the same answer." Sembiring was speaking on the sidelines of PMRI workshop held Thursday in Jakarta. Sutarto Hadi of the Lambung Mangkurat University demonstrated the PMRI learning ...