SHAPING STUDENTS’ CHARACTER THROUGH MARKET PLACE ACTIVITIES (MPA) AT A SECONDARY BOARDING SCHOOL

Eridafithri Eridafithri

Abstract


Market Place Activities (MPA) strategy is a learning strategy that combines the exploration of knowledge and the improvement of attitude. It had been conducted for three years and implemented only to 56 students in two classrooms. The values were mainly focused on learning confidence, tolerance, peer assistance, and appreciation.  As a part of formal learning activities, it took place twice a week during the morning session on compulsory lesson and afternoon session during guided extracurricular activities.  The learning topics given in this best practice were suited with National Syllabus for the purpose of leading students to improve their English standard competency as stated in the syllabus. During the implementation of this best practice, students activities were observed, learning progress was assessed and character building was also monitored through peer assessment, self – assessment and teacher observation.  The result of this best practice showed a positive impact in terms of students' interaction. They showed more tolerance, appreciation to other friends when giving ideas and collaborative learning among students existed. It was obvious that the smarter students were assisting lower achievement students in the assigned topics. They were also more confident in conversation and explaining the lesson they have learned.  In addition, there was significant progress in students' language competency as indicated in the syllabus.  Findings from this best practice can be a platform for further activities in the near future which may be involving more classrooms and more numbers of students.

Keywords: Market Place Activities (MPA), Students’ Character, Secondary Boarding School


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ISBN 978-623-7086-17-8