ERIC Number: ED090128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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The Development of Value Clarification Skills: Initial Efforts in an Eighth Grade Social Studies Class. Occasional Paper 74-3.
Most materials on value clarification techniques have been written by professionals working at university schools of education. To examine value clarification from another view, to see what difficulties teachers are having in translating new techniques into classroom realities, an eighth grade social studies teacher relates his classroom experiences while developing techniques discussed by Louis Raths and his co-authors in "Values and Teaching". Raths approaches value clarification with a seven-part valuing process which encourages children to prize one's beliefs and behaviors, to choose one's beliefs and behaviors, and to act on one's beliefs. Methods for implementing these steps emphasize the clarifying response and value sheets. The teacher's experiences with both of these techniques reflect several problems and pitfalls of their use in the classroom situation. A basic problem confronted in using the techniques is the extent of neutrality or direction on the part of the teacher. Student-teacher relations as affected by the techniques are considered. Systematic measure of the effects in the classroom are closely considered and means for accomplishing meaningful recordkeeping are suggested and developed. (Author/KSM)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook. American Historical Association Education Project.