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Values Education

The term values education can be defined as a multifaceted process of socialization in schools, which transmits dominant social values to provide and legitimate the necessary link between the individual, the group, and society. Values education also encompasses the transmitting of moral and ethical traits and standards. This entry surveys the key issues in this field and the main approaches that have been adopted.

Values Education Trends

Values education is an essential part of school pedagogy, even though the nexus between values education and pedagogy is contested and problematic. The situation is further complicated because values education (and moral education) seem to be “subject to changes of fashion” (Winch & Gingell, 1999). For instance, an approach extremely popular in the 1970s was “values clarification,” in which ...

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