The Integration of Academics and Character Development: Lessons from the Woodrose School Curriculum
The basic purpose of education is two-fold: academic excellence and character formation. The intertwining of academics and character development must embrace all the aspects of school life: curriculum, instruction, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, and school climate. This study sought to establish the integral goal of education, i.e., academic excellence and character development, through an evaluation of the Woodrose School curriculum. A survey questionnaire was constructed based on emergent patterns of the integration of academics and character development culled from the review of literature and related studies. Five focus group discussions, participated in by deliberately selected respondents from the school’s sectors, were conducted to clarify or validate survey questionnaire results. To determine significant differences in the perceptions of the different school sectors on the integration of Academic and Personal Formation Programs in the existing school curriculum, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) at a 0.05 significance level was used. Scheffe’s test was employed to identify which among the five respondent groups were significantly different in perception with regard to the integration items in the curriculum. The findings of the study showed that the five respondent groups perceived all indicators of an integrated curriculum to be highly evident in the Woodrose curriculum; they perceived these standards to have a high level of integration in the current Woodrose’s curriculum and that the integration of these standards was highly effective in the current curriculum. In view of the uniqueness of the tutorial system of Woodrose, the study on maximizing the integration instrument may have limited application to those who do not have this educational component in their schools. However, this research is useful as a reference in the development of similar evaluation studies.
Keywords: Integrative curriculum, Academics, Character Development, Tutorial System, Home-school Collaboration, Woodrose School
Delia Siloran Udani
Director, PAREF Woodrose School
Dr. Zenon Arthur Siloran Udani
Assistant Professor, Department of Management & Marketing