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One of the developments of children’s potential is the development of character values. This study aims to describe the character values formed during the learning process of the art of playing gamelan cilik (GACIL). This type of research is quantitative. The subjects of this study were 618 children aged 5–6 years from kindergarten. The data analyses used to describe the character values formed in early childhood are descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis and network analysis. The results showed that there were nine character values that were successfully formed in early childhood during learning the art of playing GACIL, namely the love of God, independence, honesty, courtesy, generosity, hard work, justice, humbleness and tolerance. Character values in early childhood are 46.44% cultured, 10.84% evolving, 5.18% visible and 37.54% unseen. Generosity (DM) is a dominant character value that is formed in early childhood and there is a strong relationship between character values. This finding is a good alternative for kindergarten teachers in planting and inculcating character values through learning the art of playing GACIL based on local culture.
Keywords: Character, early childhood, gamelan cilik, learning, value.
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