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

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Brownlee, Joanne M., Walker, Sue, Cobb-Moore, Charlotte, & Johansson, Eva (2011) Moral and social development: teachers’ knowledge of children’s learning and teaching strategies in the early years. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(4), pp. 6-15.

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    Abstract

    The intention of the analysis in this paper was to determine, from interviews with 11 early years’ teachers, what informed their knowledge of children’s learning and teaching strategies regarding moral development. Overall, the analysis revealed four main categories: definitions of moral behaviour, understanding of children’s learning, pedagogy for moral learning, and the source of knowledge for moral pedagogy. Children’s learning was attributed by five of the teachers to incidental/contextual issues. Nine of the teachers reported using pedagogies that involved discussion of issues, in various contexts, as a way of teaching about social and moral issues. The majority of the teachers (n = 7) described the source of their knowledge of pedagogy as practical/observed as opposed to being theoretically informed. There was no clear relationship between teachers’ definitions, understanding of children’s learning, pedagogy or source of knowledge. These results suggests a strong need for the 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: 48509
    Item Type: Journal Article
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    Keywords: moral development , early years , teachers' knowledge , pedagogies for moral education
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
    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
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
    Deposited On: 09 Feb 2012 09:38
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 18:13

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