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ERIC Number: ED227072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Values Learned in School: Policy and Practice in Industrialized Countries.
Torney-Purta, Judith; Schwille, John
A comparative analysis of values education in the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Canada analyzed eight assertions: (1) No institution with education as its primary aim can be value neutral; (2) Countries differ in values which characterize their political cultures and in values which are taught in school; (3) None of the countries studied has had a uniformly high level of success in transmitting civic values; (4) The learning of values is strongly influenced by factors outside the school's control; (5) Educational policy has been somewhat effective in bringing about desired changes in values; (6) The learning of values in school is not limited to mandated programs of moral and civic education; (7) Several nations have developed curricular goals to promote common core values; and (8) Television and other mass media have an important and often negative effect on young people's values. It is recommended that coalition agenda be formed, providing a description of values that ought to be learned in school, together with the actions needed if these values are to be embodied in educational practice. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Excellence in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Canada; East Germany; Japan; National Commission on Excellence in Education; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States; USSR; West Germany
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the National Commission on Excellence in Education (Washington, DC, November 1982).