The purpose of this design-based research was to create an incorporating character course into integrated activities for junior high school students. It was expected to help them judge things from right and wrong, modify their incorrect behaviors, and learn to examine the character value, eventually establish a good one.
Subjects of the research were ninth-grade students in a junior high school in Penghu. It took 4 weeks, from December 2014 to January 2015 to carry out this course, which contained 8 units. Through the eight stages of observation, integration, analyzing, design, development, application, evaluating, and results, the character course was established. Then the researcher consulted a group of professional teachers to advance the material and adjust it. Each stage was achieved by a systematic way and refined by evaluation. In addition, this study used the Survey of Character Education Core Values and Behavior Principles of the Ministry of Education as the research tool to discuss the effects on students as well as their reflections.
The finding of the study showed that learning by doing helped improve students’learning on the character concepts. Besides, curriculum design should emphasize emotion-leading and circumstance-molding, in order to stimulate students’feelings and to reflect. After taking the course, most of the students understood the meaning and importance of the four character cores chosen in the research, namely cooperation, attentiveness, filial piety, and honesty. They could also actively examine their own character standards, modify their character behaviors, and find the incorrectness among them through the course.