EMPOWERING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR FOSTERING CHILD FRIENDLY LEARNING SITUATION THROUGH PARTICIPATORY AND AUTHENTIC LEARNING APPROACH IN GRADE 4 OF SD MUHAMMADIYAH 16 OF SURAKARTA
Ariatmi, Siti Zuhriah
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Empowering teachers and students is considered to be the most important thing in the steps of implementing child rights in the classroom and school management. They are the main agents who should implement the new norms and values which can be different from the existed one. This study aims at describing how participatory and authentic learning approach can empower teachers and students in building child friendly learning situation. The main purpose is to fulfill the child right of participation in learning. The study is qualitative study with project approach in which before and after study design is used. The data are documents, field note, results of interview, result of questionnaires, and result of learning assessment. In collecting data, the writer uses observation, interview, documentation, questionnaires, and test. The results of the questionares show that the students feel more comfortable in school because abuse, bullying and punishment decrease significantly (96%), the students are more polite and care to each other (87%), afraid on the learnig burden decrease significantfy, viewed from the difficulty and the homeworks (93%). The parents feel happier because their children are more protected from abuse, bullying, and punishment (96%), their children do not afraid to come to school and join the class (91%), the students achievement are better than befiore (87%). The teachers are also happier because without shouting, the students participation increase (97%), the bullying and abuse among students decrease (92%), the students achievement increase (97%).