Inculcating character education through EFL teaching in Indonesian state schools

Qoyyimah, Uswatun (2016) Inculcating character education through EFL teaching in Indonesian state schools. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 11(2), pp. 109-126.

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This paper describes how English as foreign language (EFL) teachers in Indonesia have implemented the recent character education policy within an era of school-based curriculum reform. The character education policy required all teachers, EFL teachers included, to instill certain values in every lesson whilst the school-based curriculum reform permitted teachers to develop locally responsive curriculum content. The design behind the reform seeks to sharpen education’s role as a site of moral inculcation in the face of growing social diversity that threatens social cohesion and the prolonged social problem of massive corruption. Drawing on Durkheim’s (1925) distinction between secular and religious morality, this paper considers how the Indonesian curriculum promoted rational or secular moral education and how the EFL teachers enacted religious moral education given religiosity is salient in both the community and schools of Indonesia. Bernstein’s concepts of pedagogic discourse, instructional and regulative discourses were adopted to analyse how EFL teachers have re-contextualized both curricular reforms in their micro pedagogic settings. The conclusion suggests that teachers’ implementation of moral education in their classes was dominated by their school communities’ and the teachers’ own preferred value of religiosity. Such values played out in their classes through both the regulative discourse and the instructional discourse.

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ID Code: 93282
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: character education, EFL teacher, moral eduction, recontextualisation, secular morality, religious morality
DOI: 10.1080/1554480X.2016.1165618
ISSN: 1554-4818
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 03:32

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