Teaching Culture-based Character Education on Elementary School: Internalizing Local Culture during Covid-19 Crisis

Siti Supeni, Oktiana Handini, Luqman Al Hakim


The research aims at investigating a variety of forms for teaching character education at primary schools in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, during this COVID-19 crisis. The type of the study is descriptive qualitative research. The subjects of research are principals and teachers at Public Elementary School 15 Surakarta (SD Negeri 15 Surakarta), Cemara Dua Elementary School Surakarta (SD Negeri Cemara Dua Surakarta), and Elementary School Muhammadiyah 1 Surakarta (SD Muhammadiyah 1 Surakarta). The schools are located in Surakarta City, Indonesia. The research was conducted from April 2021 up to September 2021. The methods of collecting data were interviewing and document analysis. The authors interviewed the schools’ principals and teachers about the form of character education teaching at their schools, whether inside or outside. Document analysis was in the form of lesson plans of subjects that employ character education and youtube videos containing the teaching of character education. The data analysis techniques were data display, data reduction, and concluding. The research showed a variety of teaching character education at those schools: integrating curriculum with the character; using extracurricular activities before starting learning. Learning from home can be focused on life skills education, including how to live during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Keywords: character education, COVID-19 crisis, primary school, students.

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