Study of value education programme in a school

Gopaiah, Neelam (2019) Study of value education programme in a school. Students’ Journal of Education and Development (5). pp. 57-70.

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A school is a place where children learn many things like knowledge, different beliefs, attitudes and values. An education without values is incomplete and meaningless, because an educated person should know what it means to be a part of society and should be prepared to be an active citizen of a democratic country. This study was done in a school that has been implementing a “value education programme” separately from the school curriculum. This programme was implemented in the school from fourth to ninth grade, with the aim of teaching values to the children apart from their regular subjects. To understand the programme, the study was conducted through interviews, focused group discussions and classroom observations. From this study, I have learnt that values and reasoning are different from person to person, but in some cases, persons with different values tend to have the same kind of reasoning. Children have inherent values even before they are taught by teachers; their engagement with the family, their culture and nearby environment influences their beliefs, attitudes and values. Most participants in the study gave higher priority to education as a primary source for gaining values, and they were of the opinion that it is only through education that we can make children acquire a good attitude and values. According to the participants, society teaches how to earn money and family teaches how to interact with society, but only education prepares children for what they ought to be in society. From the study, I understood that people follow utilitarian principles and conditional reasoning for their actions. From this observation, I understood that people’s reasoning behind their values is much closer to hypothetical imperatives and far from categorical imperatives. I learnt that culture, home environment, and family conditions have huge impacts on the values of children.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gopaiah, Neelam
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, School, Elementary education, School education, Value education programme, School curriculum, Cognitive development, Classroom Observation, Teaching and learning
Subjects: Social sciences > Education > Curricula
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Students’ Journal of Education and Development
Full Text Status: Public
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