The 5 th ELTLT CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS ADDRESSING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND LOCAL WISDOM THROUGH WRITING USING PROJECT BASED LEARNING VIEWED FROM STUDENTS' LEARNING STYLES IN CROSS CULTURE UNDERSTANDING CLASS
Agung Wicaksono, Un Kediri, Yunik Susanti, Un Kediri
It is important to integrate the local knowledge and local wisdom into the lesson. This research aims to investigate the effect of addressing the local content and local wisdom through project based learning viewed from the students' learning styles to the students' writing ability. It is hoped that by completing the writing project both students' awareness about their local knowledge and local wisdom and writing's ability improve as well.This experimental research using one group pre-test post-test design conducted in CCU class of English Department Nusantara PGRI Kediri University. The procedures were; first, the students was given a questionnaire to know their learning styles in order to put them in the group based on the learning styles, then the pre-test was given to know their initial writing ability, in the intervention the students were asked to finish the project about the local wisdom and local content. The last step was giving a post-test to know the students' writing skill after the intervention. To analyze the data, the t-test computation using SPSS 17.0 is used. The result of the research showed that the students learning styles were varied, and most of them were communicative and analytical oriented learners. From the results of the pre-test and post-test, the avarage of students' writing ability before being given the treatments was 60.61 then the avarage scores of the students' writing ability after being given the treatments was 71.02. It means there was improvement on the students' writing ability after they were taught writing of local knowledge using PjBL viewed from the students' learning styles. The result of the t-are test computation showed that the t-score was 5.081 while the t-table at the level of significance 5% was 2.02, it means the t-observe is higher than the t-table, it means there is significant effect of adressing local knowledge and local wisdom through PjBL viewed from the students' learning styles to the students' writing ability. It is suggested to apply PjBL in teaching writing and in making group considering the students' based onn their learning styles intensify the result. It is hoped that this research can be developed in other local cultures so the students can learn their local cultures while they are learning English.
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