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ERIC Number: ED183258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Child's World of Values.
Mulcahy, Mary
Children need to share their personal lives with other persons in a relationship of mutual respect and responsiveness; i.e., in a relationship of love. Children are an end, not a means, people to be valued for their own sakes. Adults must help children to know who they are and who they can become. Values contribute to the fulfillment of a person's needs. In the value crisis that exists today, parents and teachers are confused and some of them have begun to doubt time honored principles and their application. Areas of confusion include the authoritarianism versus permissivism dilemma, the problem of the relationship between values and morals, the absence of objective criteria for evaluating what is good and bad in human actions, and the prevalence of relativist morality. Values are taught at school whether directly or indirectly. The intention of programs in values education is to help teachers and pupils examine the values being communicated by the school, by agencies like television, radio, and other community groups, and to arrive at reasoned, open processes for clarifying and improving value judgments. A child develops values: (1) through the relationship with teachers and other pupils, (2) through subject matter, and (3) through techniques and strategies such as values clarification, kits for teaching moral values through behavior modification, transactional analysis, etc. Home and school form a partnership in helping a child develop values. Mutual respect and understanding, communication and dialogue are essential elements of this partnership. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Young Children (5th, Canada, October 25-27, 1979)