ERIC Number: ED256849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
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Diversity in Value Orientations: Educational Consequences.
Kok, J. C.
The "value orientations" concept can be used to empirically investigate the differences between people and between human groups and can be of particular value to the educator. "Value Orientations" are complex principles that organize a given culture's expression of certain basic "human problems" (such as human nature, the relationship of man and nature, time, activity, and human relations). But while values exist potentially, they are not always acted upon, and a variety of solutions to certain problems are possible within a single culture. To investigate the relevance of value orientations theory to education, the value orientations of the four large cultural communities in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Afrikaans-speaking, English-speaking, Coloureds, and Xhosa) were studied. Analysis revealed differences in value orientations between children in terms of their academic aspirations, failure or success at school, home education, parents' rural or urban origin, and parents' academic attainment. All four groups also reported encountering disharmony between home and school. The analysis suggests that the value orientations of some cultures are less well-suited to the cybernetic age. Education is the strongest agent to change value orientations, but many questions must be considered in order to resolve difficult pedagogical and ethical questions; the goals of uniformity and diversity in education, for instance, must be reconciled. (KH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa