Promoting Local Wisdom in International Primary Curriculum Aims to Develop Learners’ Problem Solving Skills

Volume 4 Issue 3
Agus Kristanto Suharno Gunarhadi
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Providing the best quality of education service must correlate to students’ need in facing future challenges. This study aims to identify needs in integrating local wisdom to international curriculum and to define the effect of using International Primary Curriculum module, by introducing local wisdom, to develop students’ problem solving skill. Research and Development method with ADDIE model is applied to produce module that answers the need. The participants include Grade 6 students of Primary Program Focus Independent School, Surakarta, Indonesia. The analysis stage provides data on learners’ initial performance, school facilities and needs. The prototype produced at the design stage, with its product validation carried out by experts on the instructional media, the material for content eligibility, aspects of presentation feasibility and language, and experts’ feedbacks are taken as standards to implement module in the class. Problem Based Learning in the IPC module provides data that students' mindset in digging information, developing ideas, planning, making decisions and conclusions undergo changes. This can be seen from the results of observation when students do exploring, thinking, planning, analyzing and synthesizing. However, students' ability in evaluating has not shown equal quality to other problem solving aspects. The percentage of activity in the module that emphasizes the initial phases of problem solving, i.e. problem identification, information gathering, developing ideas and planning can be potential causes for students to have less progress in this area. The increasing number of students qualifying the standard indicates that the use of module can promote better thinking skills.


  • Local Wisdom
  • problem solving skill
  • module
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