The level of understanding towards teachers competency among elementary school in urban areas of Yogyakarta
Keywords:teacher competency, elementary school, urban area
Teacher competency is the most important thing every teacher in all areas must have including urban, urban, and rural ones. This study aims to describe the level of understanding of teacher competency among elementary school teachers in an urban area of Yogyakarta. This research belongs to descriptive research. It involved 56 teachers in urban areas of Yogyakarta chosen randomly as the research sample. The data collecting techniques used were questionnaires, interviews, and the RASCH WinstepsV3 model was used as the data analysis techniques. The results showed of understanding and mastery towards teacher competencies varied in which the professional and pedagogical competencies were categorized lower than that of the other two competencies i.e. social and personality. The professional competence aspects found lower were the abilities to understand theories of the elementary education foundation, to conduct research, and to conduct scientific thinking process. Meanwhile, the low pedagogical competence included aspects in understanding types of learning theory, using ICT in the learning process, and planning the learning. Based on these results, it’s recommended that there’s further training related to these competencies provided to them as these competencies have a great impact on their professionalism as teachers of elementary school level.
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