ERIC Number: ED389446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Values Education in the Primary School. The Scottish Council for Research in Education Research Report Series.
Powney, Janet; And Others
This study of values education was conducted in primary schools in Scotland between April 1993 and April 1995. The study: (1) explored the kinds of values implicitly and explicitly taught; (2) investigated teachers', pupils', and parents' perceptions of values education; (3) explored the ways value education occurs; and (4) sought to raise awareness of these ways. Data collection consisted of initial in-depth studies of values education in five primary schools and a postal survey with teachers and headteachers in a sample of Scottish primary schools. The in-depth studies included interviews and discussions with teachers and administrators, classroom observations, and analysis of student writings. The postal survey was designed to explore issues emerging from the in-depth studies. Results include the following: (1) there was considerable consensus among school staff over the values they wished to impart upon their students; (2) most staff and parents saw values education as being the primary responsibility of the parents, not the school; (3) headteachers generally saw it as their role to establish a policy and tone for values education; and (4) values were defined in broad terms, including caring, self-esteem, cooperation, respect, and consideration. (Contains 84 references and a technical appendix describing methodology.) (JW)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Hidden Curriculum, Ideology, Moral Values, Parent Role, School Role, Values, Values Education
The Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom (9 British Pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Gordon Cook Foundation (Scotland).
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers: Moral Education; Scotland