KeywordsEducation, Specialist Studies in Education, Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
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AbstractIn response to Government and community calls to maintain, emphasise, orreintroduce values in schooling, there is a growing literature concerning valueseducation in Australian schools. Despite descriptions of clear aims and expectationswithin the documents that guide curriculum development, the existing literatureexposes a gap, both in studies that identify effective pedagogies for the developmentof values, and in the availability of instruments to measure values development inchildren. The burgeoning fields of Humane Education and Human-Animal Studieshave recognised the value of animal-based humane education for childrens socialand emotional development, and there is an increasing amount of research tosuggest that the pedagogy and assessment methods employed through school-basedhumane education may offer an effective and measurable option for the teaching andassessment of values. This literature review outlines relevant developments in valueseducation in Australian schools that indicate a progressive repositioning of theteaching of values from the format of a discrete educational program, to an integratedcurriculum design based on a values-based pedagogy approach. Challenges for theimplementation of values-based pedagogy are identified and Humane Educationis introduced as a potential option. Finally, it is proposed that findings from theinterdisciplinary fields of Values Education, Humane Education, and Human-animalstudies support the need to reconceive the contribution of animals to values educationand highlight the importance of future research in the area of the role of animals inthe development of values and ethical understanding in children.
TypeResearch Book Chapter