ERIC Number: ED215950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Facing Value Decisions: Rationale-building for Teachers. Second Edition.
Shaver, James P.; Strong, William
Written for prospective and practicing K-12 teachers, this book examines values education. The authors' central concerns are twofold. The first is to help and encourage teachers develop their own rationale for values education. The second concern is to help teachers help students develop a rational foundation for their own values and learn the skills they will need to analyze and defend their values rationally. There are eight major chapters. Chapter one will help teachers answer the question "Do You Want to Deal with Values?" Values in the classroom and in the extracurricula curriculum and reasons for developing a rationale are discussed. Chapter two examines the nature of values. The term value is defined and distinguished from the terms value judgment and attitude. Categories of values--moral and nonmoral, intrinsic and instrumental--are elaborated. To illustrate some important considerations in examining one's frame of reference and building a rationale, chapter three, "The Democratic Context," discusses values in the schools of a democratic society. Chapter four examines how much responsibility for students' learning teachers ought to accept and the teacher's role vis-a-vis parents and the community. Chapter five treats teacher's decisions in regard to esthetic values and instrumental values used by teachers for classroom management. How to treat moral values as goals of instruction is the topic of chapter six. Two approaches to moral values--values clarification and cognitive moral development--are examined in chapter seven. The book concludes with a discussion of "The Teacher as Philosopher." (RM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Definitions, Democracy, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Teacher Role, Values, Values Clarification, Values Education
Teachers College Press, c/o Harper and Row Publishers, Order Service Department, Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
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