Building Students’ Characters Through the Utilization of Used Goods As Learning Media


This study aims to investigate the utilization of used goods as learning media to build students’ characters in the economics learning strategy subject. The research setting is the Department of Economics Education, Faculty of Economics, Yogyakarta State University. This was a classroom action research study conducted through the stages of planning, action implementation, monitoring and evaluation, analysis, and reflection. The data were collected through observations, interviews, documentation, and questionnaires. The data trustworthiness was enhanced through triangulation techniques, namely source and method triangulations. The research data were qualitative data supported by quantitative data. The study showed that the utilization of used goods as leaning media was capable of building students’ characters, especially hardworking, creative, and innovative characters in the economics learning strategy subject. The used goods included paper, plastic and cloth. Through used goods media, it was revealed that: 1) the students were able to build the hardworking character indicated by their behaviors showing that they seriously tried to deal with a variety of learning/assignment constraints in accomplishing tasks well; and 2) they were able to build the creative character; they could think and do things to produce new ways or products from the used goods they had.

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Kiromim Baroroh, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia
Barkah Lestaria, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia
Suwarno, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Higher education

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