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Values, Controversial Issues and Interfaith Understanding

Henderson, Deborah J. (2008) Values, Controversial Issues and Interfaith Understanding. In Marsh, Colin (Ed.) Studies of Society and the Environment: Exploring The Teaching Possibilities, 5th Edn. Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forrest, NSW., pp. 132-169.

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores a range of approaches to teaching about values, controversial issues and interfaith understanding in social education/integrated social sciences and teh disciplines of history and geography. It is written for primary, middle and secondary pre-service teachers. Values are fundamental to human activity. What makes us distinctive is our ability to understand the challenges we face in life, and to make choices about how to respond. Yet, as the Cheshire cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland observed, if we don't care about how we make such choices, then the outcome of our decision making is diminished. Values education is a complex and controversial area, yet it is an essential part of the education system. Many syllabuses and policy documents require that certain values are emphasised. And of course, schools aim to inculcate and foster in students a range of personal, social, moral and spiritual values, many of which are shared by members of the wider community. Yet because values are also contested in the community, values education involves the exploration of controversial issues. Similarly, an exploration of the underlying belief systems of different worldviews and how they influence value commitments and interfaith understanding in today’s world is an increasingly significant part of values education.

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    ID Code: 13858
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: values education, social and environmental education, SOSE, controlversial issues, interfaith understanging, HERN
    ISBN: 9780733986239
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Pearson Education Australia
    Deposited On: 24 Jun 2008
    Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:50

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