This study aims to reveal the contribution of the student achievement division (STAD) type cooperative learning model in developing students ability to understand mathematical concepts. This is done based on studies which state that the application of the STAD learning model improves students ability to understand mathematical concepts, but has not revealed in detail this model in developing each indicator of understanding mathematical concepts. This research is a literature study that discusses the syntax of STAD learning models and indicators of understanding mathematical concepts. The results showed that the six-step STAD learning model provided opportunities and was able to make student learning activities increase in developing their ability to understand mathematical concepts, it can be concluded that the STAD learning model contributes in developing students ability to understand mathematical concepts.
Understanding of mathematical concepts, STAD learning model