The Thought of Pestalozzi About Industrial Education and Its Relevance to Education at Vocational School (Case Study at SMK Muhammadiyah 1 Surakarta)

  • Anatri Desstya Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta
  • Sodiq A Kuntoro Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
Keywords: Pestalozzi’s thinking, Pestalozzi’s thought, indutrial education, Vocational education, SMK education


Pestalozzi is one of big figures who is quite influential in the world of Education. Three main aspects that he introduced (physical, intellectual, and moral), have relationships with each other and they must be considered while carrying out the educational process. Yet in practice, the educational practitioners at Vocational School haven’t yet understood how Pestalozzi thinks about education, even though it has been uncosciously implemented. These things cause the essence of the three aspects are not related or not even emerged yet. This article describes the Pestalozzi’s thought about the industrial education and its relevance to vocational education in Indonesia. This type of research is case study. The source of the data was taken at SMK Muhammadiyah 1 Surakarta, which was collected in January 2015. The findings showed that the Pestalozzi’s thought regarding to industrial education for poor children is very beneficial fo the future. The researchers hope the educational concept which is usually applied in general education (physical, intellectual, and moral) can also be applied in industrial education. Those all three aspects of education have been implemented indirectly at SMK Muhammadiyah 1 Surakarta. In order to prepare the profesional workers, the Vocational School provides the the concept regarding to a productive education so that it can be applied in practice and training at the laboratory. Those who comprehend the theoritical concepts and practices will have a high self-esteem so that they can improve the work ethic in the business world and industry.