IMPROVING STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL USING EDUBLOG (A Classroom Action Research at the Tenth Grade of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the Academic Year of 2010/2011)

Rini, Dian Eko (2011) IMPROVING STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL USING EDUBLOG (A Classroom Action Research at the Tenth Grade of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the Academic Year of 2010/2011). Masters thesis, SEBELAS MARET UNIVERSITY.

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    Dian Eko Rini. K2207017. Improving Students’ Writing Skill Using Edublog at the Tenth Grade of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the Academic Year 2010/2011. Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Sebelas Maret University. Surakarta. 2011. The tenth grade students of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the academic year 2010/2011 had problems dealing with writing skill. To overcome the problems, the researcher designed a classroom action research to teach writing using Edublog. This research aims to find out whether using Edublog can improve students’ writing skill and how using Edublog can improve the writing class of the tenth grade students of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the academic year of 2010/2011. It is also aimed to find out the strengths and weaknesses of using Edublog in the writing class for the tenth grade students of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the academic year of 2010/2011. This research was carried out in class X 1 of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the academic year 2010/2011. It was conducted in two cycles in which in each cycle there were four meetings. Each cycle consisted of four steps: planning, action, observation and reflection. The data were in the form of qualitative and quantitative data. To collect the qualitative data, the researcher used observation, interviews, questionnaires, and photographs. To collect the quantitative data, the researcher conducted tests before and after implementation the actions. The tests were pre-test and post tests. To analyze the qualitative data, the researcher used Constant Comparative Method. There were four steps to analyze the qualitative data: (1) comparing data, (2) integrating categories, (3) delimiting the theory, and (4) writing the theory about the research findings. For the quantitative data, the researcher analyzed the mean scores of the tests. The result of the research shows that there are positive improvements in both students’ writing competence and the effectiveness of writing class during the teaching learning process. It could be seen from the result of the test which was improved, from the comparison between the pre-test conducted before the action and the post-test conducted after the action. The mean scores of the test result were 64.9 for the pretest, 68.9 for the post-test in cycle I, and 74.7 for the post-test in cycle II. Using Edublog could be effective in teaching learning writing. Practically, there were some strengths and weaknesses of using Edublog at the tenth grade of SMA Negeri 1 Boyolali in the academic year 2010/201. The strengths were: firstly, using Edublog increases students’ motivation, enthusiasm and confidence in teaching learning process. Secondly, using Edublog helps the students have more spaces to practice writing in unlimited time and place. Thirdly, using Edublog provides the students a space to share opinions and ideas. Fourth, using Edublog can give learning possibilities to expand via collaboration, interaction and communication in the target language. Fifth, using Edublog is a place to carry out the students’ projects in writing class. Sixth, using Edublog is a chance to creatively control the students’ own blog or blog postings in an informal setting. Finally, using Edublog makes the students independent learners. On the other hands, in using Edublog, there were some problems. First, the teachers must be high quality professional teachers both in controlling the classroom and mastering materials and technology. Second, the technical problem in connection of internet probably occurs in the classroom. This activity requires excellent signal of school’s WIFI. Third, it needs the students to solve problems in an independent way. The students should have good knowledge in ICT and independent learners. And fourth, using Edublog in classroom needs high cost for supporting facilitations. Therefore, implementation of using Edublog should need more preparations between English teachers, students, and school for being success in the writing class.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Pasca Sarjana > Magister > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris - S2
    Depositing User: Noreka Destiana
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 23:07
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 23:07
    URI: https://eprints.uns.ac.id/id/eprint/8991

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