Moral and social development : teachers’ knowledge of learning and teaching strategies in the early years

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Brownlee, Joanne M., Walker, Sue, Johansson, Eva, & Cobb-Moore, Charlotte (2011) Moral and social development : teachers’ knowledge of learning and teaching strategies in the early years. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(4), pp. 6-14.

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The intention of the analysis in this paper was to determine, from interviews with eleven early years’ teachers, what knowledge guided their teaching of moral behaviour. Six of the teachers defined moral behaviour in terms of social conventions only. Children’s learning was attributed by five of the teachers to incidental/contextual issues. Nine of the teachers used discussion of issues, in various contexts, as a way of teaching about social and moral issues. The majority of the teachers (n=7) gave the source of their knowledge of pedagogy as practical as opposed to theoretically informed. There was no clear relationship between their definitions, understanding of children’s learning, pedagogy or source of knowledge. Most of the teachers were using discussion, negotiation and reflection to develop the children’s moral and social behaviour. This is probably effective; however, it suggests a strong need for teaching of moral development to be given more prominence and addressed directly in in-service courses so that teachers are clear about their intentions and the most effective ways of achieving them.

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ID Code: 45877
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: moral behaviour, social conventions
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Early Childhood Australia
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2011 04:21
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 16:43

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