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ERIC Number: EJ974302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1881
Educational Professionals' Values: Voices from Secondary Schools in England
Sunley, Roz; Locke, Rachel
Educational Research, v54 n3 p285-307 2012
Background: Values continue to play an integral part in education across the globe, but the importance of teachers' personal values is often overlooked (Klein, M.B., "New teaching and teacher issues," Nova Science Publishers Inc., 2006; Aspin, D.N., and J.D. Chapman, eds, "Values education and lifelong learning: Principles, policies, programmes," Springer, 2007). It has been argued that teachers need explicit opportunities to reflect on their own personal and professional values to enable them to model what they ask of their students with integrity (Palmer, P.J., "The courage to teach," Jossey Bass, 1998; Atkinson, T., and G. Claxton, "The intuitive practitioner," Open University Press, 2000). Professional development is still often narrowly defined within the bounds of skills and competencies. However, discussion of values could help contribute to professional development by building teacher commitment and resilience. Objective: The purpose of this research was to explore the intrinsic values of secondary school professionals and the publicly espoused values of the educational systems in which they work. This research is the result of a two-year funded empirical study carried out by the authors in secondary schools in England. Research design: Research was undertaken in five schools in a range of educational contexts. In each school, individual conversations were undertaken with six key professionals with different roles to elicit personal constructs or values. These values were discussed within schools and formed a school's "values footprint". An interschool workshop completed the data collection. Data were analysed qualitatively. Main outcomes: Qualitative analysis suggested relationships between the professional roles of the participants and predominant values themes. There were also connections between school types and predominating values. Four key themes emerged from the individual and group conversations: importance of dialogue; recognition of the importance of self-awareness; the priority of learning for life and the influence of professional roles on an individual's values focus. Conclusion: This small-scale study supports the importance of dialogue and self-awareness in professional life and ongoing professional development. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)