What pre-service teachers need to know to be effective at values-based education

Mergler, Amanda G. & Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S. (2012) What pre-service teachers need to know to be effective at values-based education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(8), pp. 66-81.

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Evidence is mounting that values education is providing positive outcomes for students, teachers and schools (Benninga, Berkowitz, Kuehn, & Smith, 2006; DEST, 2008; Hattie, 2003; Lovat, Clement, Dally, & Toomey, 2010). Despite this, Australian pre-service teacher education does not appear to be changing in ways necessary to support skilling teachers to teach with a values focus (Lovat, Dally, Clement, and Toomey, 2011). This article presents findings from a case study that explored current teachers’ perceptions of the skills pre-service teachers need to teach values education effectively. Teachers who currently teach with a values focus highlighted that pre-service teacher education degrees need to encourage an ongoing commitment to continual learning, critical reflection and growth in pre-service teachers, along with excellent questioning and listening skills. Further, they argued that pre-service teachers need to be skilled in recognising and responding to student diversity. This article ends by arguing for some changes that need to occur in pre-service teacher education in order for teachers to teach effectively with a values focus, including the need for stronger connections between pre-service and experienced teachers.

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ID Code: 53537
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Preservice teacher education, values education, teacher characteristics, reflection, qualitative research, HERN
ISSN: 0313-5373
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2012 23:40
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 03:25

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