Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(1), pp. 212 - 224
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080126
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Improved Learning Design for Pre-Service Teacher in a Character Education Course

Sarkadi 1,*, Asep Rudi Casmana 1, Yuli Rahmawati 2
1 Department of Pancasila and Citizenship Education, Faculty of Social Science, State University of Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, State University of Jakarta, Indonesia


This study aimed to develop pre-service teachers' engagement in a character education course through new learning design of a RECE (Reflect, Engage, Collaborate and Elaborate) teaching model, in the Pancasila and Citizenship Education department of a university. RECE involve self-reflections and collaborative learning. The RECE active learning and teaching model was implemented to engage pre-service teachers in challenging classroom environments. The study was conducted with 65 pre-service teachers in their first year of study in a one semester character education course. Pre-service teachers in the study are prepared to become teachers of Pancasila and Citizenship lesson in high schools in Indonesia. The course aims to prepare pre-service teachers for future challenges they may have to deal with in relation to religion, nationalism, independence, working together, and integrity. This research used a qualitative method with the data collection of interviews, observations and document analysis. This research was divided into two phases: first, teaching model development and second, student engagement. The teaching model engaged pre-service teachers in current issues through collaboration and reflection. The results indicate that participants were motivated to engage in the course by reflecting on their learning, by using the higher-order thinking skills of critical and creative thinking, and by using collaboration and communication skills. The pre-service teachers were challenged to deliberate about critical issues and to solve problems that may impact positively on their role as future teachers.

Character Education, Teaching Model, Pre-Service Teachers, Pancasila and Citizenship Education

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Sarkadi , Asep Rudi Casmana , Yuli Rahmawati . "Improved Learning Design for Pre-Service Teacher in a Character Education Course." Universal Journal of Educational Research 8.1 (2020) 212 - 224. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080126.