ERIC Number: ED042687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Values and Teaching: A Study of Teacher Beliefs.
Longstreth, Larry Eldon
Questionnaires and interviews on values and the teaching of values were completed with the entire faculty (76) of Longmont (Colorado) Senior High School. Over 60% believed that to value means to appraise; a similar proportion believed that to value means to cherish. 82% felt that values are relative rather than absolute. Almost all believed that schools should be concerned with values, but they were divided over whether the school should inculcate certain values or only help students identify and evaluate their own values. The majority of respondents did not believe in planning the values component of the curriculum. Setting an example and classroom discussion were given as the preferred methods of handling values. In addition, it was thought that values education should not be a part of a grading procedure. Of those who believed in teaching values, most thought that teachers, community, and students should help determine what values should be taught, but that the teacher should decide how values should be taught. However, over three-fourths of the respondents had not used any published materials, read any literature, or been in a class or workshop that dealt specifically with values education. Three-fifths were dissatisfied with current practices. An extensive bibliography on values education is included. (IM)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Educational Practices, Interviews, Public School Teachers, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Surveys, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Values
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Graduate School.
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado