Academic journal article Journal of Social Sciences

The Living Values-Based Contextual Learning to Develop the Students' Character

Academic journal article Journal of Social Sciences

The Living Values-Based Contextual Learning to Develop the Students' Character

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Abstract: Problem statement: University has an important role in the process of young generation character education. The character education should be integrated through the living values-based contextual learning model in order to be easier internalized and implemented. This study aimed at describing: (1) the living values-based contextual learning model conceptually in lecturing; (2) the implementation of the living values-based contextual learning model in lecturing and (3) the effect of the living values-based contextual learning model on students' character improvement. Approach: This study used Research and Development design. The technique of data collection used observation, documentation, Focus Group Discussion and questionnaire. The analysis of qualitative data used data collection, data reduction, data presentation and conclusion stages. Meanwhile, quantitative data analysis used correlation and regression analysis. The subjects of study were 98 students of Civic Education Study Program, Indonesia University of Education of academic year 2011/2012. Results: The finding showed that: (1) the living values-based contextual learning model conceptually in lecturing was the integration of living values into material, method, media, learning source and lecturing evaluation conceptually; (2) the living values-based contextual learning model was implemented through value learning variation in contextual learning (problem-based learning, cooperative learning, project-based learning, service learning and work-based learning); (3) the implementation of the living values-based contextual learning model had an effect by 26% on the students' character development Conclusion: The living values-based contextual learning is an alternative of character education integration model in university learning process. This model can be applied in lecturing to develop the students' characters including religious, honest, tolerant, wellmannered, discipline, hard working, creative, independent, democratic, homeland love, respecting achievement, collaborating and responsible.

Key words: Values-based contextual learning, generation character, respecting achievement, application implication, Value Clarification Technique (VCT)

INTRODUCTION

Character building has been a main issue of education in Indonesia recently. University as higher education institution creating young generation of national leader has very strategic role in the process of young generation's character building. What kind of character education is offered by university? If we move on from the study finding of Best Practices from some Higher Institutions in Indonesia and Character Education Format in Schools, the character education method should be developed based on these characteristics: first, living values-based character education, which means that it is based on basic living values so it will be easier to be internalized and implemented; second, university culturebased character education because each university has its uniqueness in character building; and third, character education involves knowing the good, desiring the good/loving the good and acting the good aspects.

Those characteristics should be integrated in learning or lecturing activities as university core activity. It needs the development of the living valuesbased contextual learning model in lecturing activities, which are integrating the learned material and basic living values and stimulating the students to make correlation between the moral knowledge they have and its implementation in their lives as family member, society and citizen.

Therefore, Research and Development-based study should be developed in simple scale to result in the living values activity-based contextual learning model in lecturing, which is assumed to be able to develop effectively the students' character.

Based on the background of problem, generally the problem that will be studied is how the living valuesbased contextual learning model develops the students' character. …

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