ERIC Number: ED382379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Values Education in Elementary School: A Practical Application of Research.
Andrews, Sharon Vincz; Martin, Donna
In order to foster the kind of learning environment that promotes decision-making and thinking skills, educators need to take a values approach to teaching. There are three main approaches to values teaching: (1) the product approach, which concentrates on outcomes as "fixed" values, "core" values, or "moral basics"; (2) the process approach, which uses the classroom as a context for values clarification; and (3) the integrated approach, which draws on each of the above approaches to create a moral community. The integrated approach was used in a project at a Houston, Texas, intermediate school to promote democratic and social values such as informed decision making, freedom with responsibility, justice, and a strong work ethic. Over 60 fifth-grade students were involved in the following activities: (1) classroom routines; (2) dialogue journals; (3) learning teams; (4) literature circles; (5) read alouds; (6) action research projects; and (7) school/community projects. (Figures and an appendix contain excerpts from the students' journal entries and examples of student work during the various activities.) (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented to the "moral education" SIG at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 21, 1995).