THE ROLE OF STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING TO PREPARE ACTIVELY INDEPENDENT LEARNERS: A BRIDGING PROGRAM CASE STUDY IN THE ECONOMICS FACULTY OF THE ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF INDONESIA
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The objective of the research is to examine the process of student-centered learning (SCL) approach as a step for improving the quality in the Bridging Program (BP) at the Economics Faculty of Islamic University of Indonesia. The BP is held in 100 minutes of four meetings a week for the freshmen at the Departments of Management and Economics, designed to bridge the gap between student’s life in secondary schools and the higher learning education, and to facilitate students in developing their soft skills being active independent learners. Examination is focused on primary data obtained form documentation, interview, observation and focus group discussion (FGD) involving students and lecturers of the Program, using qualitative method that is a case study. The results show that (1) the SCL approach employing a number of learning tools such as computer, projector, colorful paper and marker, bottle, water and so onhas significant impact in various learning activities such as small group and class discussion, debate, role play, simulation, and project. The approach also encourages students to be more active and joyful to learn as compared to another approach namely teacher-centered learning approach. (2) As a consequence of the approach use, the class facilities such as chairs, sound systems, computers facilities are unable to accommodate the demand for the students who are more active, whereas the classes are unable to be conducted optimally due to lecturer-to-student ratio which is very small. (3) The SCL approach provides more satisfaction to the students as they can express their desire, capacity and ability to analyze the subject.