Values education and social justice

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The subject areas that form the HASS learning area are founded on and around 'values', and values underpin everything we do in educational settings. This is not surprising, given that values are at the core of our thinking and actions (Aspin 2000). As human beings, we have core values to which we subscribe - things that we think are of importance and of worth. As an example, consider the values listed by Burgh, Field and Freakley (2006, p. 44): friendship, security, health, education, beauty, art and wealth. We may think that holding one or more of these values would not lead to a good life; that is, we may disagree that each of these values is of importance. The point, however, is that 'Everyone has values, but there is not universal agreement about what is valuable' (Freakley, Burgh & Tilt-MacSporran 2008, p. 8). Values education is essential in a participatory democracy as it involves people joining together to inquire into what is of value amid diversity, in the quest for a just society (Freakley, Burgh & Tilt-MacSporran 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking humanities and social sciences come alive
Subtitle of host publicationEarly years and primary education
EditorsDeborah Green, Deborah Price
Place of PublicationPort Melbourne, Victoria
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781108692779
ISBN (Print)9781108445436
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 2019


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