Jumrotul Mafulah, Siti Maghfirotun Amin


Mathematical connection ability is one of the abilities needed in solving mathematical problems. In solving problems, each student has a different way of solving it. This is due to the variety of intelligence that the students possess. This intelligence is known as Adversity Quotient (AQ). There are three levels of AQ namely climbers, campers, and quitters. This study aimed to describe the students' mathematical connections ability in solving mathematical problems related to their AQ. This research is a descriptive study with a qualitative approach carried out in Class IX of MTs Negeri Gresik consisting of three students who have different levels of AQ. The research instrument used consisted of the Adversity Response Profile (ARP) questionnaire, problem solving Test, and interview guidelines. The results of this study indicate that: at the stage of understanding the problem, climbers and campers students could retell with their language different from quitters students who change the language of questions with different meanings, at the stage of preparing a plan, climbers students understand the relationship of problems with mathematical concepts and life everyday and plan quite coherently and clearly while students campers and quitters understand the relationship of problems with mathematical concepts and everyday life and plan quite well, at the stage of implementing the plan, climbers and campers students could find the right answers while students quitters find the answers that are not yet correct, in the stage of looking back, climbers students do the checking again so that they could give the right conclusions while the campers and quitters students do not do the checks again but could provide conclusions that are quite precise.

Keywords: Mathematical connection ability, mathematical problems, problem solving, adversity quotient


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