ERIC Number: ED178399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Matters of Feeling: Values Education Reconsidered.
Junell, Joseph S.
Various aspects of values education in public schools in the United States are explored in the monograph. Objectives are to examine the philosophy underlying values education, identify problems in values teaching, describe processes used to teach values, clarify differences between values education and indoctrination, and to suggest how values education can be improved. The document is presented in eight chapters. Chapter I questions whether cognitive or affective objectives should be higher priorities in the classroom. Chapter II focuses on problems encountered by teachers in dealing with values in a pluralist society. Chapter III investigates the philosophical relationship of moral beliefs to intellectual truths and assesses the schools' responsibility for perpetuating democratic ideals. Chapter IV questions the right of teachers to indoctrinate students. Chapter V points out the interrelationships between the schools, families, and society. Chapter VI reviews literature and research on child-rearing and education. Chapter VII reviews ways in which children's values are influenced by teachers, teaching techniques, and educational materials. The final chapter concludes that values education will develop social conscience in children if it involves them emotionally through literature and drama with historical and/or contemporary moral issues. (DB)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Childhood Attitudes, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Psychological Patterns, Social Values, Student Role, Teacher Role, Values
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.