This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Teachers' Values and Professional Practice in Primary Schools

Teachers' values and professional practice in primary schools

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the central place of values in educational practice and policy
  • the concern of reflective teachers – teachers as professionals – to engage with values;
  • the relationship between values and social and cultural contexts;
  • the ethical and educational implications of teachers' decisions and actions, and the influence of values on both content and process in education;
  • a conception of education as valuing learning for its own sake and learning to think and to reason;
  • the entitlement of all to education in a socially just society;
  • conceptions of education inherent in recent educational policy; and
  • the GTCE's acknowledgement of the values base of education.

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