ERIC Number: ED194442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Reflecting on Values: Learning Materials for Grades 1-6.
Beck, Clive; And Others
These self contained units of study on values education are for use in elementary social studies courses. A major purpose of the learning materials is to provide a concrete illustration of the "reflective approach" to values education. This approach rejects subjective relativism in values. It is based on the assumption that certain values are, objectively, better than others for given people in given circumstances. It is possible to be mistaken in value matters, and accordingly, systematic inquiry into values is of first importance. Children from their earliest years must be taught how to reflect on values in the light of relevant facts, ideas, and arguments. The content of each unit consists largely of general propositions, principles, issues, and concepts expressed as key ideas and key questions, and many specific examples for discussion or activities related to the key ideas and questions. For example, in one exercise on the topic of bullying for second graders, children are asked to make lists of the ways children bully each other, adults bully each other, and adults bully children. The children then discuss things that make a child act like a bully, things, they can do if someone is bullying them, and why some of these things are better than others. Unit topics are: Year 1--People in My Life; Year 2--Myself and Others; Year 3--Deciding What To Do; Year 4--Values and Ways of Life; Year 5--Values in Learning and Leisure; and Year 6--Values, Work and Society. Units, even subsections of units, may be used selectively. Teachers may duplicate portions of the publication for use in their classroom. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Social Studies, Units of Study, Values Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 ($10.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.