How Does Guided Inquiry Enhancing Students’ Mathematical Literacy? An Experimental Study for Mathematics Learning

Luthfi Nur Azizah, Ali Mahmudi


Literacy is often seen as knowing literature. As one of the important goal of education across the world, mathematics literacy focuses on concrete dimension with context and content to be studied. This paper reports an quasi experimental study with one group pretest-posttest design on promoting mathematical literacy through the use of guided inquiry method. A total of 32 secondary school students of class VIII participated as a sample in the study and 192 students as a population. Mathematical literacy of students was measured with essay test. The students’ works were analysed and compared using paired sample t-Test. It was found that the guided inquiry method successfully promote students’ mathematical literacy as indicated by the result of paired sample t-test values of significance (2-tailed) of 0.000 < 0.05. Thus, the guided inquiry can be used as one of alternative method in learning mathematcs to improve students'mathematical literacy.


method, guided inquiry, mathematical literacy

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