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Indonesia Research Update #11: Traditional Games as Learning Media of Mathematics by Eka Puspita Sari

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Computer games are one of powerful mathematics learning tools that can enhance students’ motivation and has a vast majority of learning materials.

There are many research papers that study the utilization of modern computer games to support learning. However, none of those games are related to traditional games.

Indonesian folk games are prone to be forgotten due to the limitedness of resources about Indonesian folk games.

Addressing this issue, Eka Puspita Sari’s research will investigate the development of mathematics learning media, based on the folk games of Indonesia for Elementary school level.

Her study aims to provide a learning media whose function enhances motivational and learning outcomes, adds educational literature that suits the latest Indonesian curriculum and introduces one of Indonesia’s cultural aspect to students.

Her study will be implemented in one of Elementary School in Batam city. The participants of this study are students from grade one to six.

The study uses research and development method. The study has started by analysing mathematics learning media of an elementary school in Indonesia and developing a new learning media, based on the traditional games of Indonesia.

Therefore, the computer learning media as the product of this research will be used as a supplement material in teaching mathematics in Indonesia following expert analysis and students trial.

Further information could be accessed by contacting Eka in A1722607@student.adelaide.edu.au

 

Eka Puspita Sari is a postgraduate student in Master of Education program, the University of Adelaide, with support of scholarship from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP).

 

Indonesia Research Update is an initiative by GoLive Indonesia that aims to promote and disseminate knowledge and information obtained through research completed by Indonesian students outside of Indonesia.

We sincerely thank Eka and wish the best for her future endeavours in career and life.

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Indonesia Research Update #10: Cultural Representation in an English Textbook by Soni Ariawan

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A nation’s cultural representation in an English textbook is vital to help student understand the learning content contextually.

Motivated to improve knowledge on this issue, Soni Ariawan, founder of Gelora Education Centre in Lombok, Indonesia whom also a Master of Education student in The University of Adelaide, conducted a research specifically in Indonesia context.

His study investigates cultural representation in an English textbook prescribed for senior high school in Indonesia which is officially published by Ministry of Education and Culture in 2017.

The research aims to explore cultural dimensions and cultural categories revealed in the textbook by employing Byram’s checklist of cultural dimensions and Cortazzi and Jin’s categories of culture as the theoretical frameworks.

The data for analysis is selected from the textbook which includes conversations, reading texts and visual elements. The findings show that stereotypes and national identity dominate the cultural dimensions with 28.05% of the total dimensions.

The indications are disseminated in various forms including artefacts, popular people and popular places. The inclusion of national identity is pivotal for learners since the textbook is prescribed for senior high school students who are tremendously curious to determine their own characters.

Hence, presenting popular people who have many achievements or have made many contributions might be useful for them and may give them good role models. This idea is also aligned with the main aim of 2013 curriculum to facilitate the development of students with good character, good behaviour and strong nationality.

Regarding cultural categories, source culture or Indonesian culture is the most prominent with 61.2%, while target culture and international target culture achieve 19.8% and 14.9% respectively.

The presence of source culture encompasses social interaction, school and family environment, national identity and national history as well as national geography. Where the target culture is concerned, the United States of America is the most highly represented inner circle country’s culture in the textbook, while India and Japan are the countries primarily represented in the international target culture category.

It is concluded that English textbook in Indonesia is on the way to its perfection in terms of proportionally represented cultural aspects. However, the presence of various cultural aspects of source culture, target culture and international target culture is also important to help students develop multicultural awareness and a certain level of respects as well as tolerance for others.

More information could be accessed by contacting Soni in ariawansoni@gmail.com

 

Soni Ariawan is a postgraduate student in Master of Education program, the University of Adelaide, with support of scholarship from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

He is the founder of Gelora Education Centre which is a language and education center to develop children quality in reading, language skill and reading to be the better generation.

 

Indonesia Research Update is an initiative by GoLive Indonesia that aims to promote and disseminate knowledge and information obtained through research completed by Indonesian students outside of Indonesia.

We sincerely thank Soni and wish the best for his future endeavours in career and life.

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GoLive May Discussion Series: The Learning Experiences of International Students in an Australian University

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GoLive is back with the discussion series event for this upcoming May 2017. We are proudly bringing to the table the experience of Dr. Barry Elsey and Dr. Amina Omarova from the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), University of Adelaide South Australia, in delivering a double degree master program, co-partnered with Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) Indonesia.

Drs Elsey and Omarova designed and managed an applied research learning program for a cohort of Indonesian students doing the split-site, double-degree Master’s program shared between University of Adelaide and IPB. All the students were employees of the Ministry of Industry, specifically employed on various kinds of agricultural development work.
The intention of the presentation is to set the teaching and learning program within the wider context of studies of international students in western universities, which is a significant development that began in the early 1980s. Dr. Elsey was among the first to undertake systematic research into the learning experiences of international students.
Many years later the opportunity arose to take a research interest into the learning experiences of the Indonesian students as they dealt with the many challenges of their life and study times in Adelaide, both the university and the city. We shall explain those various challenges of being an international student and the stakeholder interest in their success.

Titled “The Learning Experiences of International Students in an Australian University: A Case Study of Indonesian Public Servants Doing a Double Degree Master”, this May Discussion Series will be enriching the experience and knowledge of those who are looking for opportunities to devising similar program collaborated with Australian institutions.

Mark your calendar and RSVP via this link http://bit.ly/2ouheFO

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GoLive Indonesia Discussion Series Highlights: “Scholarship in Australia and Facilitating Alumni Collaboration and Contributions” – 10 March 2017

GoLive Indonesia is back with their first discussion series on March 10, 2017. The first discussion series of 2017 talks about “Scholarship in Australia and future alumni collaboration”. The discussion series was held at 715 Conference room, Ingkarni Wardli Building, North Terrace Campus,  The University of Adelaide.

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Discussion Series attendees

The discussion goes for 3 hours and separated into 3 sessions, the 3-possible way to get a scholarship in Australia, how to submit an application to an Australian university, and possible alumni collaborations and contributions. The discussion series is followed by a lunch networking session hosted by the School of Psychology, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide.

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Session 1 Panelists (Left to Right): Kristin Ramlan, Ari Arifin Danuwijaya, Indra Yohanes Kiling and Yanuar Syapaat

The session begins with warm greetings from GoLive Indonesia coordinator, Gracia Girsang.  Followed with elaboration on LPDP scholarship from Yanuar Syapaat and Indra Kiling. Both speakers share some tips and tricks on how to get LPDP scholarship; where some of the important points are the return agreement requirements, age limit, and to provide and prepare thoroughly particularly when the course you desire is not on the scholarship provider’s priority. Indra Kiling deliberately gave himself a bit of pressure by delaying his LPDP application to stimulate productivity.

Then,  the explanation on AAS (Australian Awards) scholarship, were presented by Kristin Ramlan and Ari Arifin. Both speakers emphasize that future applicants need to choose the most suitable awards option for themselves  – either short or long-term awards -, check discussion forum for first-hand experiences and make sure their IELTS score is sufficient, and carefully prepare for the interview. This session is closed with Aryani Tri Wrastari’s descriptions on Endeavour Scholarship.   Aryani explains 9 crucial tips in completing your Endeavour application. She emphasizes that it’s not about your major or your age is within the limit, it is more towards you showing your achievement and experiences that particularly highlights your networks, partnerships, and collaborations.

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Aryani Tri Wrastari – GoLive Enthusiast and Endeavour Awards Awardee

The second session begins straight after the other one, highlighting information on how to apply to an Australian university. This session were led by Indra Kiling and Gracia Girsang. This session encourages future students to gather information and research from available university websites and publication in relation to finding the right supervisor for their research topic. By doing so, students will be able to capture the supervisor’s interest towards their research topic and gain their support. Gracia then continues the session by providing an example of how to construct a research proposal. She highlights that in writing the research proposal, future research candidates need to be concise and flexible. A well-written proposal with around 1000-1500 words would be sufficient to get the attention of potential supervisors.

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Margaretha, Australia Awards Indonesia Short course participant, sharing about future alumni contributions

After a short break, the last session wraps up the discussion series by encouraging current and future students to contribution and to give back to their country. Margaretha, one of the panelists in Session three, reiterated that by utilising the beauty of networking, we can join a community and get involved and work towards giving back to Indonesia.  One of the attendees, Enceria Damanik, underlines how educated Indonesian students and graduates studying abroad are greatly appreciated and that Indonesia is very much looking forward to their return.

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Enceria Damanik – Australia Awards Indonesia Short course participant

Some of the Indonesian participants currently studying at the School of Education under the Australia Awards Indonesia Short Course program then join the School of Psychology for a lunch networking event. They were greeted by Professor Anna Chur-Hansen, Head of School of Psychology, Professor Deborah Turnbull, and Professor Nick Burns, also from the School of Psychology. Introduction to the School of Psychology and its research focus area were provided by Prof. Anna Chur-Hansen.

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From left to right: Prof. Nick Burns, Prof. Deborah Turnbull and Prof. Ann Chur-Hansen from the School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide

Continued with an opportunity for some of the students to share their research interest and possibility of pursuing a research degree at the school. This session is filled with enthusiasm and dynamic discussion about the students’ research topics and how to pursue it. The lunch session concluded with a group photo and excited potential higher degree research students.

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Australia Awards Indonesia Short course participants group photo

GoLive Indonesia would like to thank all the speakers and highly appreciates the support given by the School of Education and the School of Psychology, the University of Adelaide for this event. Also Swisin Budiman, GoLive Indonesia enthusiast for the highlights. We would like to wish every participant the best for their scholarships application and looking forward to their contribution to the development of Indonesia.

The discussion series presentation can be downloaded via this link GoLive Discussion Series_10March2017_PresentationCompilation 

Photos courtesy of Vidi Valianto.

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4th Indonesia Research Day Panelist: Aryani Tri Wrastari

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Starting today, GoLive Indonesia will introduce the 2017 Indonesia Research Day Panelist lineup. Similar to previous years, these panelists have been through a competitive selection process based on their abstract submission highlighting on-going research about Indonesia.

Aryani Tri Wrastari is currently doing her PhD study in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. She is a lecturer at the School of Psychology, Airlangga University in Surabaya – East Java. Her major of study is in educational psychology, with specialisation in learning, assessment, and research. She graduated her bachelor degree from clinical psychology in School of Psychology at Airlangga University, and continued her master degree in Educational Research, Assessment and Evaluation at Flinders University of South Australia.

Adult Learning Theory has been her biggest concern in research and teaching, as she has conducted numerous research, publications and teaching within related theory. Her master degree research investigated on how teachers in poverty context engaged in professional learning using the theoretical framework of Adult Learning Theory. The research resulted in a range of learning factors that promoted and hindered teacher learning in disadvantaged context. One of the potential factor was religion, yet the research suggested that this factor was not powerful enough to help teachers to engage in a transformative learning, a learning that could bring change their school context.

Her PhD research topic is a continuation from her previous research, exploring how teacher’s religious and spiritual meaning making could bring transformative impact on their pedagogical practices. She will present this topic in the 4th Indonesia Research Day.

Aryani is a mother of a lovely three years old daughter and a wife of a culinary lover husband. Having her family staying with her in Adelaide is the greatest support a student-mother could have, and she is enjoying every single moment of her PhD life as a meaningful spiritual journey.

 

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Networking Event – A collaboration by the School of Education and GoLive Indonesia

GoLive Indonesia in collaboration with the School of Education, University of Adelaide co-host an afternoon tea networking event on 10 February 2017, at SMaRTE Room 812, Nexus 10 Building, Adelaide

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This networking event welcomes 24 Australia Awards Short Course Participants from various institutions in Indonesia. These participants will be in Adelaide for two-month studying Graduate Certificate on Educational Assessment: National Assessment and Computer-based testing at the University of Adelaide.

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The head of School of Education, Dr. Jan Keightley, officially welcomes the students to Adelaide. The Director of DFAT South Australia, Dave Gordge, said his remarks representing Australia Awards. And, our GoLive Indonesia project coordinator, Gracia Girsang, also welcome the students and invited guests and emphasize the importance of networking and collaboration initiative between Indonesia and Australia.

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Dr. Jan Keightley, Head of School, School of Education, The University of Adelaide

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Left: Dr. I Gusti Darmawan (Lecturer, School of Education). Right: Dave Gordge (Director, DFAT South Australia)

GoLive Indonesia is grateful to have the opportunity to host this event. We wish all the students the best for their studies in Adelaide and look forward to your participation in our regular events.

Below are testimonials from some of the students about the networking event:

Ari Arifin Danuwijaya (Lecturer, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia – Bandung) “We had a great fun meeting great academic staff and students from in Adelaide. This is such as warm welcome for us and made our first week here in Adelaide alive. Bravo, GoLive Indonesia. We hope that we can participate in more GoLive events during our stay in Adelaide”.

Airin Triwahyuni (Lecturer, UNPAD Bandung) “Thank you for welcoming us, GoLive Indonesia. It is very nice to meet many new faces and people from different background. And it is always encouraging to meet people from the same background but with different experinence. Yes, it is a fabulous networking time”,. 

Dimar Aryo Wicaksono (Lecturer, Airlangga University – Surabaya) “Yesterday’s event was so amazing, it gives me a chance to build network and having fun together with Australian Givernment. Thank you so much GoLive Indonesia”. 

 

 

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources to host a new scholarship to research food trade between South Australia and Indonesia

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South Australia is offering a research scholarship to an Indonesian student to undertake a higher degree at the University of Adelaide and our new Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) will host the scholarship recipient.

The scholarship focuses on food production systems and value chains between South Australia and Indonesia. The successful student will be selected in a competitive process from Bogor Agricultural University, and will commence work with GFAR in 2017.

Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, who announced the scholarship earlier this week, says, ‘The scholarship builds on the strong relationship between our two leading research institutions and offers opportunities for growth in the food trade between South Australia and Indonesia.’ There is particular interest to work with the Indonesian government on prospective trade of tropical fruit and vegetables from Indonesia to South Australia.

We are also keen to build a value chain and to work with partners in Indonesia on two-way flow of investment between our economies to complement our trade relationship. This scholarship will support this work so we can better understand how the food value chains connect our two regions.Martin Hamilton-Smith, Trade and Investment Minister.

Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide, very much welcomes the Minister’s support for this project and for the work of our new Centre for Global Food and Resources.

I look forward to working with government and business in South Australia to share our work on connecting food value chains in our region.Professor Christopher Findlay

Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) is officially launched today

For more information about study at GFAR: please visit this homepage.

*This post was prepared by Dr Lenka Malek, a Postdoctoral Fellow at GFAR. It was originally posted at GFAR website.

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