The Use of Local Genius in Strengthening Student Character


Strengthening Character Education is an education program in school whose chief goal is to reinforce student character through the harmonization of heart, mind and body. The program is part of the Mental Revolution National Movement in the context of realizing an advanced and civilized Indonesian nation. However, in reality, such a program has not had a profound impact on student character. One concerning problem is that students are not familiar with local cultures. Addressing this issue, this study used local genius as a medium for strengthening character education, Wayang Golek ((wooden puppet)—a form of performance art that grows and develops in West Java. This performance art not only presents a spectacle, but also encapsulates values that need to be practiced in life. The study was conducted at 16 public junior high schools in the city of Bandung, West Java province, where Wayang Golek performances were utilized as a media to foster character education. Findings reveal that the program serves a dual function, as a vehicle for preserving regional culture and at the same time a means for strengthening student character education. The latter was seen in the students' knowledge about Wayang Golek, the famous puppeteer, and the story in an intriguing performance concept, whereby the students as spectators could enjoy and love the performance.

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Tjep Dahyat, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Dasim Budimansyah, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Encep Syarief Nurdin, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Yadi Ruyadi, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2019
Stream: Educational policy

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