Practical Course Civics Education Study Program of FKIP UT: Hopes and Challenges



    This article aims to describe the results of research related to the demands of the curriculum of the PPKn study program in FKIP UT which is obliged to prepare and implement practical courses for students of the PPKn (Civics Education) Undergraduate Program. Practical courses are intended to bridge between theoretical studies contained in the courses and their application in social life according to the characteristics of the courses. In the ongoing curriculum of the PPkn Study Program, two practical courses have been established which are the Teaching Ability Consolidation Course (PKM) and the Professional Ability Improvement Course (PKP). Competencies are expected from the PKM so that students can plan and implement the basics of learning as an educator, taking this course in semester 4; on the other hand, the competence of the Professional Capability Enhancement Course (PKP), students are expected to be able to design lesson plans, implement them properly by using various strategies and learning methods, and assess students as well as follow up on the learning process that has been carried out. This course can be completed in semester 8. It is expected that in the future, with the preparation of a new curriculum for the PPKn study program, there will be at least 30% of the PPKn study program courses, which are around 13-15 practical courses. The results showed that PPKn experts agreed to support the implementation of the new curriculum for PPKn at UT by placing several courses categorized as practical courses. The expert expressly stated that the practical courses in the Civics Study Program (PPKn) can significantly support the achievement of student competence in implementing concepts, theories, and procedures in society. This is also supported by the opinion of Lecturers and Tutors of the Civics Study Program that PPKn students must firstly practice their knowledge before entering the community. Meanwhile, some students also appreciate the existence of practical courses since the implementation would not only comprehend the theory but also have hands-on learning experiences. However, UPBJJ staff who have handled practical courses in other study programs believe that for the successful implementation of these courses, it must be supported by a set of guidelines or technical instructions for their implementation such as technical guidelines for students, tutors/instructors/supervisors, UPBJJ, study programs, and involved partners. Thus, if the guidelines or modules do not contain detailed and comprehensive explanations, it can result in the unsuccessful implementation of practical courses.

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