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ERIC Number: ED365638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Pages: 35
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Values Education, the Judgment of Value and Self-Esteem.
Eidle, William R.
If individuals have an objectified, firm understanding of themselves as subjects who exist within a basic self-constituting process for knowing and valuing, they will discover that their authenticity as human beings exists in fulfilling the requirements through which this self-constituting process effectively expresses itself. Self-appropriation of the generalized empirical method (GEM), which is a sequence of patterned interrelated cognitive operations through which individuals are constituted as knowers, valuers, and subsequent decision-makers and doers consistent with one's knowledge and values, can provide a foundational grounding for understanding the valuing process, its relationship to self-esteem, and its potential for influencing the development of values education programs. The four levels of the GEM involve attention to data, seeking understanding of the data, determining the truth of reality, and being rationally self-conscious and responsible in determining values and value-oriented courses of action. The role of education is to assist the learner in making value-oriented judgments and to provide age-appropriate assistance for the learner in recognizing that self-esteem is to be found in understanding the self-transcending mandates of GEM and the personal authenticity gained through ongoing commitment to their fulfillment. Specific learning activities are listed, and model programs are noted. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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