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Values, wellness and the social sciences curriculum

By Deborah J. Henderson


Recent initiatives in values education in Australia emphasise the importance of the process of valuing and general methodologies that foster this in the classroom. Although a range of strategies are available, this chapter argues that inquiry-based approaches in the Social Sciences play a significant role in linking valuing processes with decision making skills. Collectively, these approaches prompt the development of reasoning and self awareness which also impact on student wellness. This chapter proposes some curriculum approaches to foreground values education in the Australian Social Sciences classroom. It argues that valuing is an important life skill that can be cultivated in the classroom through specific valuing strategies. It contends that the development of the capacity to make informed value choices is a critical factor in promoting wellness and resilience in students and in preparing them for the decision making skills required for effective participation in society

Topics: 130103 Higher Education, 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management), 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, values education, pre-service teacher educaiotn, social sciences curriculum, wellness, pedagogy
Publisher: Springer Dordretcht
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-90-481-8675-4
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