Tatit Hariyanti, Sudjito Sudjito


This paper aims at promoting sustained character building through literature especially for college students in Indonesia. Up to present time the character building has been restricted to the embedment of good virtues to children and adolescents. The majority of existing studies and researches, therefore, tend to focus their attention to such limited area. Character building ought to be a sustainable effort halted not when one finishes his/her study at elementary or intermediate  grades. It should be maintained all life long. There are two highlighted problems which are going to explore in this paper: first, why literature is still considered to be one of the effective media to establish sustained character building for college students and second, what appropriate Instructional Strategies to conduct such effort are. The result shows that literature is still effective due to its natural characteristic, its wide spectrum, and its dynamically broadened functions. Under the conviction that the students have already been undergoing  the process of embedment of some core values before, the given literary works containing, elaborating and questioning or challenging   the given embedded values are taken to be the source of discussion. The instructional strategies cover discussion, debate, seminar, film appreciation, and creative writing.

Keywords: character building, instructional strategies, literature, sustained


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