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Character building training model for young people to strengthen religious moderation

Munawir K, Makmur Makmur, Muhammad N.A. Rasyid, Wahyuddin Naro, Syahruddin Usman, Hadi Pajarianto
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 1 | a8552 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i1.8552 | © 2023 Munawir K, Makmur Makmur, Muhammad Nur Akbar Rasyid, Wahyuddin Naro, Syahruddin Usman, Hadi Pajarianto | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 February 2023 | Published: 30 November 2023

About the author(s)

Munawir K, Department of Islamic Education, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar, Gowa, Indonesia
Makmur Makmur, Department of Islamic Education, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Palopo, Palopo, Indonesia
Muhammad N.A. Rasyid, Department of English and Literature, Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Wahyuddin Naro, Department of Islamic Education, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Syahruddin Usman, Department of Islamic Education, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Hadi Pajarianto, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Muhammadiyah Palopo, Palopo, Indonesia

Abstract

Student character survey in Indonesia in 2021, on average, produced lower index numbers compared to last year’s index results. This research aims to explore the policies and content of Character Building Training (CBT), and the impact of the programme on student character. This research was qualitative, involving informants: 60 students and 8 lecturers, who were selected using purposive and snowball techniques, so that if the data were saturated, collecting the data was considered sufficient. Data were collected through observation and in-depth interviews carried out from June to September 2022. Data analysis was carried out manually using the Discovering Cultural Themes model by carrying out data reduction, data display, and drawing conclusions and verification. The research results show that CBT is implemented through a cycle of CBT campaign, capacity building, and institutionalisation with a nurturing, learning, mentoring, and consulting approach. The content includes attitudes and values, skills, knowledge and moderate integrative insight, as well as amplifying tolerant, open, critical, caring, and creative behaviour, respecting differences, and polite and commendable behaviour. The CBT programme has amplified some aspects: religious character, discipline, politeness, caring for the environment, and patriotism. The greatest and dominant strengthening was in religious character and love of the country. The implication and contribution of this research is the continuation of character education for young people as an instrument to substantiate religious moderation.

Contribution: This research is important theoretically and practically to contribute to the formation of character building in young people in Islamic tertiary institutions. Currently, character education is the main vision of Islamic tertiary institutions in Indonesia, which is associated with religious moderation as one of the priorities in the national medium-term development plan.


Keywords

character; building; training; young; Islamic university; religious moderation

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 4: Quality education

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