chapter  2
15 Pages

Demonstrating positive values

ByCarol Smith

THE TERM ‘POSITIVE VALUES’ is open to interpretation. Individuals’ values, beliefs and attitudes are shaped by their past experiences, and therefore by the influences of ‘significant’ others in their lives. The first part of this chapter discusses the complex nature of values and beliefs. It identifies some core values that should pervade our teaching in a democratic society, and discusses how these shape our attitudes to the pupils we teach and the framework within which we work. Student teachers are encouraged to reflect on their teaching through evaluation of their planning and the

effectiveness of the delivery of individual lessons. However, to become truly reflective practitioners, it is important that they go beyond this and consider how legislation, central initiatives and school policies should be interpreted and put into practice. This involves an awareness of the values underpinning current educational policy and an understanding of some of the tensions involved in their implementation.