Rissa San Risqiya


It is reported by World Bank that Indonesian students’ reading
comprehension is very low. That is why, it is crucial to conduct a research
on appropriate techniques to develop students’ reading comprehension. One
of them is mind mapping (MM). MM is a technique that can increase one’s
ability in note taking. It not only includes the key words of information or
ideas but also implements the use of colors and drawing, thus MM project
becomes fun and enjoyable. The aim of this study is to observe the
implementation of MM in a class of first graders of a senior high school in
Bandung. For that reason , two meetings are observed. There are three
instruments employed: students’ mind maps, observation (by observer and
the teacher), and open-ended questionnaire. From the data obtained, it is
revealed that there is improvement from the first meeting (90.4%) to the
second one (94.6%) of the students mind maps. The MM can make the
students recall their background knowledge and focus on their reading.
Meanwhile, the questionnaires indicate that they are unfamiliar with the
technique, yet they enjoy it. Therefore, MM can be considered to be an
alternative technique in teaching reading comprehension.

KEYWORDS: mind mapping, open-ended questionnaire


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