The research objectives are to find out:
(1)The improvement of the students’ understanding of
thematic concepts through the Multiple Intelligences
Learning approach (PMI) is better than the
students’understanding of thematic concepts through
conventional approaches. (2) The interaction between
the learning approach and the student's initial ability to
increase understanding of students' thematic concepts.
The instruments used were: (1) Initial Mathematics
Ability Test, (2) Thematic Concept Understanding Test,
(3) Likert Scale Multiple Intelligences Questionnaire,
(4) Observation Sheet. The instrument has fulfilled the
validity and the reliability coefficient requirements of
0.87 and 0.93 for understanding thematic concepts and
multiple intelligences questionnaires. This research is
quasi-experimental research.The research subjects were
the students of State Elementary School 112270 Hasang
and State Elementary School 118193 Pangujungan. The
sample of the experimental class was 66 students, while
the sample of the control class was 63 students which
taken randomly. The research object: The
understanding of the concept and the questionnaire.
The data used are pretest and posttest. From the
research the concept of understanding was obtained F
count =5,461> F table =3.07 there was a different in the
increasing the students’ understanding of the thematic
concept of the Multiple Intelligences Approach (PMI)
compared to the students who were given the
Conventional Learning (PK) approach. For multiple
intelligences questionnaire, it was obtained F count=
110,835> F table= 3.07 there is a difference in the
increasing of students’ compound intelligence who were
given PMI compared to students who were given PK.
Based on the results about it can be concluded that an
increaseof the students’ understanding of the thematic
concept who use PMI is better than students who use
PK. So it is suggested in this matter Multiple Learning
Intelligence (PMI) should be an alternative learning for
the teachers in elementary schools to improve
understanding of students' thematic concepts.
Keywords : Thematic Understanding Ability, Multiple Intelligences Approach.