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ERIC Number: EJ1172090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Identification and Critique of the Values Education Notion Informing the "Itorero" Training Program for High School Leavers in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Nzahabwanayo, Sylvestre
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v49 n1 p111-132 Feb 2018
While the academic literature is replete with affirming that 'values-explicit' citizenship education programs are biased and indoctrinatory, there is scant attention to substantiate this claim. The present paper fills this gap; it investigates the values education notion informing "Itorero," a non-formal citizenship education platform for high school leavers (HSLs) in post-genocide Rwanda. The research reported here used a survey questionnaire, focus groups and interviews. The article engages with character education, care ethics, cognitive moral development and values clarification approaches to highlight the values education notion deemed preferable to competing concepts. It is revealed that in educating HSLs for values, "Itorero" is vehemently committed to character education. I argue that the overreliance on this approach raises serious concerns particularly because values education as it is done in "Itorero" seems like the cultivation of supportive behavior towards the government in office. Its content focuses on understanding what the government wants and the crafting of dispositions required for the implementation of defined policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rwanda
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