Islami, ZR 2014. The Influence of Using Mind Maps on Geography Learning Outcomes of High School Students. Thesis. Geography Education, Postgraduate Program, State University of Malang. Advisor: (I) Prof. Dr. Sumarmi, M. Pd, (II) Drs. I Komang Astina, MS, Ph.D
Keywords: Mind Map, learning outcomes.
Mind Maps were developed by Tony Buzan in 1970 as a tool to make it easier for students to take notes, remember and understand the subject matter. The use of Mind Maps is based on researching how the real brain works. The use of Mind Maps teaches students to balance the use of the left and right brain, namely through the use of keywords, colors, images and symbols during the manufacturing process.
This study aims to determine the effect of using Mind Maps on the learning outcomes of high school students' geography. The research was conducted at SMA Negeri 2 Blitar for the 2013/2014 academic year. The research subjects were students of class X SMA Negeri 2 Blitar X-2 as the experimental class and X-7 as the control class. The research subjects were determined based on the similarity in the average scores of the first semester examinations. This research is a quasi-experimental research with the research design Nonequivalent Control Group Design. The instrument for measuring learning outcomes was carried out using an essay test. The measurement results were analyzed using t-test with the help of SPSS 16.0 for Windows.
Based on the average gain score, the geography learning outcomes of the experimental class students were higher than the control class. The results of the data analysis prove that the use of Mind Maps has an effect on geography learning outcomes for high school students. This is due to the characteristics of the Mind Map, namely the use of keywords, images, colors and curved branches.
Suggestions that can be given to teachers and further researchers are: 1) For teachers it is recommended: a) Tell students who cannot draw to use the wimage technique when making a Mind Map: b) pay attention to students one by one during the mind map making process so that they do not an error occurred: c) creating a Mind Map assessment format. 2) For further researchers it is recommended to carry out further research on the effect of using Mind Maps on other variables, location, education level or other material, and to use this research as a reference, foundation or literature material for further research.