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Title: Values Education


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Values Education
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VALUES EDUCATION SETTING THE CONTEXT
  • We live in difficult times when peace and
    human security are facing new challenges at the
    individual and global level
  • Education is a key dimension of the long term
    process of building peace, tolerance, justice and
    intercultural understanding- the reorientation of
    education to create a better world is truly
    urgent.
  • Koichiro Matsuura Director-General of UNESCO

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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT VALUES EDUCATION
  • Values education is not new or something extra,
    it is building upon what already exists
  • Values education is on both national and state
    agendas
  • Values can be personalised, politicised and
    contested
  • Values education can strengthen students self
    esteem, optimism and help students to exercise
    ethical judgement and social responsibility
  • What is new is progress towards a conscious,
    explicit and planned approach to values education
    for all students in all schools

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VALUES EDUCATIONA challenging and complex domain
  • Whose values? Which values?
  • What is the content of a values
  • education curriculum?
  • Should values be taught in schools?
  • What pedagogies can be used to teach values?

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VALUES EDUCATION
  • Any explicit and/or implicit school based
    activity which promotes student understanding and
    knowledge of values, and which develops the
    skills and dispositions of students so they can
    enact particular values as individuals and as
    members of the wider community

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Approaches to Values Education
  • Providing a place in the curriculum for
    specifically studying values their nature and
    significance in our life-choices, and how one
    goes about justifying them and negotiating value
    agreements in the group in short, studying the
    discipline of values discourse.
  • Values Education Programs
  • Drug Education, Religious Education, Program
    Achieve, Social Skills Programs

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Service Learning Approaches
  • Service learning provides the opportunity for
    students to learn and develop through active
    participation to meet a specific community need.
  • Students experience success in helping others and
    learn to view themselves differently.

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World Views
  • Values dont exist in a vacuum they come out of
    the beliefs we hold about the world
  • We need to understand why people hold different
    values and why they behave differently
  • The overall perspective from which one sees and
    interprets the world
  • A collection of beliefs about life or the
    universe held by an individual or a group
  • It is the root, the source, from which our
    thoughts, values, actions and feelings spring.

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A Whole School Approach
  • Involves all members of the school community
    (students, parents, teachers, community members)
  • Acknowledges that values learning occurs not only
    through the formal curriculum but across all
    experiences in a students school life
  • Ensures students receive consistent values
    messages
  • Promotes the sharing of a common vision and
    common language

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Whole School Approach
  • Values reflected across the whole school in
  • the articulated school mission, purpose and
    values
  • all school policies and guidelines
  • the behaviour of students, teachers, school staff
    parents
  • the curricula and learning materials in all
    subject areas
  • the teaching/learning process, methodology,
    pedagogy
  • the whole school culture and environment

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Good Practice
  • Establishes a shared values language across the
    school
  • Explicitly teaches and models values
  • Uses a range of learning strategies
  • Enhances student agency
  • Develops approaches relevant to the local context
  • Gathers data for continuous improvement

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Pedagogies
  • Active learning
  • Action research / Inquiry / Problem Solving
  • Community based / Service learning
  • Critical literacy
  • Student Action Teams / Student Mentoring
  • Socratic Circles

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Where Does Values Education Fit in the
Curriculum?
  •   civics and citizenship education
  •   environmental education, sustainable futures
  • international and global education
  • indigenous studies, languages and
    multicultural education
  •   history, philosophy, social sciences
  • health and human development
  • sciences ethical dilemmas, problem solving
  • math, economics (equity issues gap between
    haves/have-nots)
  •   media ICTs critical thinking,
    discernment, choosing screen-based information

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NATIONAL VALUES FRAMEWORK
  • A stimulus for discussions about values
  • A vehicle for promoting greater understanding
    and explicitness of school values including
  • A context, underpinning vision based on the
    National Goals for Schooling For the 21st Century
  • Guiding principles, key elements and practical
    guidance for schools in implementing values
    education

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THE FRAMEWORKS VISION
  • All Australian schools will promote values
    education in a planned and systematic way by
  • Developing student responsibility in local,
    national and global contexts
  • Building student resilience and social skills
  • Ensuring values are incorporated in school
    policies and teaching programs
  • Articulating the schools mission/ethos
  • Reviewing the outcomes of their values education
    practices

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CORE VALUES FOR AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLING
  • Care and compassion
  • Doing your best
  • Fair go
  • Freedom
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion

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Whose values? Whose voices?
  • Where every value is defined youll find a
    totalitarian society.
  • Rather, we need to engage with students in
    dialogue and deep thinking about values.
  • Professor Lee Win On, Professor Principal
    Lecturer , Hong Kong Institute for Education
    National Values Forum 2005

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Gaps in our knowledge
  • How are we preparing young people for recognising
    and understanding values issues that are complex
    and difficult in Australias changing society?
  • What is the role of criticism and non conformity
    in values education?

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Other gaps
  • How are we preparing all teachers to be values
    educators?
  • How do we more effectively engage parents and
    communities in values education partnerships?
  • How do we address values education in non
    mainstream school contexts?
  • How do we report meaningfully on values learning
    outcomes?

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RELATED INITIATIVES
  • National School Drug Education Strategy
  • National Safe Schools Framework
  • Mind Matters Program
  • Discovering Democracy Project
  • Global Education
  • National Environment and Sustainable Education
    Statement for Australian Schools (2005)
  • National Statement Engaging Students with Asia
    (work in progress 2005)
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