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ERIC Number: EJ1082395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
An International Perspective on Value Learning in the Kindergarten--Exemplified by the Value Forgiveness
Gunnestad, Arve; Mørreaunet, Sissel; Onyango, Silas
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n11-12 p1894-1911 2015
This article highlights value learning in kindergartens exemplified by the value of forgiveness. Values are basic ideas on human behaviour and they function as a compass that helps children to make choices and priorities in their lives, to choose between good or bad, right or wrong. Value learning is an important part of the educational work in a kindergarten. This article presents a cross-cultural qualitative study concerned with the value of forgiveness in kindergartens in Kenya, Swaziland and Norway. Research questions were as follows: (1) How the kindergartens in Norway, Kenya and Swaziland had been working with forgiveness in theory and practice before this project? (2) How can working with stories about forgiveness in the kindergarten promote understanding of this value among children? Project leaders discussed the value of forgiveness with the teachers, and teachers were interviewed before and after a period of storytelling in the kindergartens. Children were interviewed in groups about their understanding and experience of forgiveness after the storytelling period. The project found storytelling to be a useful method for working with values among children and gave some interesting examples on how kindergarten children are able to understand and reflect on an abstract value like forgiveness. The project also demonstrated the importance of teachers' authentic beliefs in the values they introduce to children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya; Norway; Swaziland
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