The Use Of Learning Cell Technique To Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension

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Sri Hartini - S891008081 - Pascasarjana

The objective of the research was to examine whether the use of learning cell technique can improve the students’ reading comprehension. Besides, the research was also designed to know how the situation was when learning cell technique was implemented in the classroom practice. This research was a classroom action researh. The research was carried out in Class 8C of SMPN 2 Kradenan in the Academic Year of 2011/2012. This research was conducted in two cycles by following the procedure of action research, i.e. planning, implementing, observing, and reflecting. In collecting the data, the researcher used observation, interview, questionnaire, and test. The teacher was the researcher assisted by collaborators as observers and a teacher as a photographer. The interview and questionnnaire were given to the students before and after the implementation of learning cell technique. The tests were in the form of pre-test, post-test 1 and post-test 2. The data were analized qualitatively and quantitatively. The qualitative data were analyzed using Interactive Model of Data Analysis as propounded by Matthew M. Miles and A.M. Huberman. The results of the research showed that Learning Cell Technique was able to improve the students’ reading comprehension. It was proven by the increase of the students’ mean score from 41.16 in pre-test to 46.30 in cycle 1, and 48.74 in cycle 2, although the results of the research were just a little bit improvement. Furthermore, the class situation also improved. The class became more enjoyable and fun. The students became more active individually and in group. There were some advantages of using Learning Cell Technique in teaching –learning of reading as follows: (1) The students get the ability how to make good questions and answers from the text; (2) By making questions and answers, the students can understand the content of the text; (3) The students have braveries in asking questions, answering questions and giving arguments based their answers. Based on the result of the research, it could be concluded that the use of Learning Cell Technique has proven to be an effective way in teachinglearning of reading comprehension in Class 8 C of SMPN 2 Kradenan in the academic year of 2011/2012.