Practices for teaching moral values in the early years : a call for a pedagogy of participation

Johansson, Eva, Brownlee, Joanne M., Cobb-Moore, Charlotte, Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Walker, Sue, & Ailwood, Joanne (2011) Practices for teaching moral values in the early years : a call for a pedagogy of participation. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 6(2), pp. 109-124.

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Schools have long been seen as institutions for preparing children for life, both academically and as moral agents in society. In order to become capable, moral citizens, children need to be provided with opportunities to learn moral values. However, little is known about how teachers enact social and moral values programs in the classroom. The aim of this paper is to investigate the practices that Australian early years teachers describe as important for teaching moral values. To investigate early years teachers’ understandings of moral pedagogy, 379 Australian teachers with experience teaching children in the early years were invited to participate in an on-line survey. This paper focuses on responses provided to an open-ended question relating to teaching practices for moral values. The responses were analysed using an interpretive methodology. The results indicate that the most prominent approaches to teaching moral values described by this group of Australian early years teachers were engaging children in moral activities. This was closely followed by teaching practices for transmitting moral values. Engaging children in building meaning and participatory learning for moral values were least often described.

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ID Code: 45937
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: moral values, teaching, early education, citizenship, rights based curriculum
DOI: 10.1177/1746197910397914
ISSN: 1746-1979
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 Sage Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2011 05:02
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2017 00:16

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