Children's perspectives on values and rules in Australian early education

Johansson, Eva, Cobb, Charlotte, Lunn-Brownlee, Joanne, Walker, Sue, Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., & Ailwood, Jo (2014) Children's perspectives on values and rules in Australian early education. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), pp. 12-20.

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In recent years, issues relating to moral and conventional values have been emphasized in educational policies. This study examines young children’s (100 children aged 4–8 years) own understandings of values and rules for how to treat others and participate in school. Eleven classrooms, within seven different elementary schools in Queensland, were visited. Children were interviewed regarding their views about moral and conventional issues, rules and participation in everyday school life. According to the children, ‘doing the right thing’ in school involved both a concern for others’ wellbeing and for the social order in school, including conventions, rules and behaviour connected with discipline. The children’s responsibility seemed, however, to be to adapt to the (school) system, rather than being an active participant in constructing the system.

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ID Code: 71781
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Children's understanding of values, Children's understanding of rules, Moral values education
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 please consult author(s)
Deposited On: 18 May 2014 23:02
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 23:24

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