Sri Indrawati


A proverb which can be maxim, parable, fame, contains deep implicit meanings. The meaning contains in proverb implies values to become life guidance.  The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of students to understand proverbs and students’ perceptions on proverb learning. Descriptive method was used in this study. The variables were ability to understand proverbs and perceptions on proverb learning. The research respondents were 59 students of Junior high school of Srijaya Negara Palembang. Test and questionnaires were used in this study. The results showed that the average score of the students’ comprehension tests was 41.53. There were four types of percentage levels of respondents’ understanding, which were very good, sufficient, poor, and very poor. Students’ perceptions of knowledge and learning of proverbs in schools, proverb knowledge, proverbial teaching material, and proverb learning strategies were quite adequate. Therefore, it is needed to promote proverb learning in schools.


Understanding; proverb; learning

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