BUILDING STUDENTS’ POSITIVE CHARACTERS USING CHILDREN LITERATURE AND DRAMA AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Hendrety, Yuyun and Suganda, Lingga Agustina BUILDING STUDENTS’ POSITIVE CHARACTERS USING CHILDREN LITERATURE AND DRAMA AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. In: The 1st Sriwijaya University Learning and Education International Conference (SULE-IC) 2014, 16-18 May 2014, Palembang.

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    Abstract

    Education, nowadays, puts much pressure on character building. Developing good character is first a parental responsibility, but the task must also be shared with schools and the broader community. Good character is developed over time through character education. The goals of character education are thus essentially the goals of raising good children: youth who understand, care about, and act upon the core ethical values that make for a productive, just, and democratic society. In addition, building good characters for young learners is very necessary since the basic and fundamental education is well built for the young. An early character education establishes a reinforcing system of positive influences that help youth to deal effectively with life and avoid becoming involved in negative behaviors. Based on the government regulation No. 17 in 2010, the main goal of education in the 2013 curriculum in Indonesia focuses on character education. Character education is given as integrated materials in the thematic subjects. During the implementation of 2013 curriculum at some schools, the writers observe that the materials for English which can also develop good characters still need variation. Therefore, the writers propose children literature and drama as a challenging strategy to build students’ good characters because they have contribution in building character education. When using drama as one of the genres in literature, the goals of teaching and learning process can be more than linguistic. Drama not only encourages children to speak but also gives them the chance to communicate, even with limited language, using nonverbal communication. Drama or dramatizing a text makes language more meaningful and memorable than drilling or mechanical repetition. In addition, teachers of English can work on ideas and issues than run through the curriculum. Important messages can be conveyed and explored through sketches and role plays. Drama can also be used to introduce the culture of the new language through stories and customs and with a context for different kinds of behaviour. Therefore, drama will provide the suitable atmosphere for students to build good characters during the teaching and learning process because drama is a means for developing language skills, encouraging social interaction and group participation and teaching children how to listen and respond appropriately. Discussing and differentiating good and bad characters of the story will teach students to always have and build good characters in their life, and avoid themselves to build and perform bad characters for their life. In addition, the process of practicing drama in the classroom will lead to the practice of building good characters among the students themselves. Keywords:Character education, young learners, children’s literature, drama.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Science Education > Department of Language and Arts Education
    Depositing User: Dr, M.A. Hartono Hartono
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 07:39
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 07:39
    URI: http://eprints.unsri.ac.id/id/eprint/6777

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