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At the Heart of What We Do

Values Education at the Centre of Schooling


The Final Report of the
Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2
August 2008



At the Heart of What We Do: Values Education at the Centre of Schooling – The Final Report of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2
ISBN: 978 1 74200 079 4

SCIS order number: 1377614


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Edited by Barbara Vaughan
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Cover illustration: ‘A World of Values’, by preparatory students from Dromana Primary School



Acknowledgements
At the Heart of What We Do: Values Education at the Centre of Schooling – The Final Report of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 was funded and commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The views expressed in the report do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Curriculum Corporation gratefully acknowledges the work of the project cluster schools and their communities, the professional contributions of the University Associates Network, the support of the state and territory values education project officers and the guidance and advice of the Values Education Project Advisory Committee.
Project Director

Mr David Brown, Senior Project Manager, Curriculum Corporation

Project Managers

Ms Barbara Bereznicki, Lead Project Manager, Curriculum Corporation

Ms Jane Weston, Project Co-manager, Curriculum Corporation

Ms Leanne Compton, Project Co-manager, Curriculum Corporation

Research Manager

Dr Ron Toomey, Curriculum Corporation


Authors

At the Heart of What We Do: Values Education at the Centre of Schooling – The Final Report of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 was written by Barbara Bereznicki, David Brown, Dr Ron Toomey and Jane Weston.
Contents


Executive summary 6

Background 6

About the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 6

Project methodology: the evidence of good practice 7

Case studies prepared by clusters 7

Case writing prepared by individual teachers within each cluster 8

The University Associates Network accounts of good practice 8

Supplementary accounts 8

Identifying good practice in Stage 2 cluster projects 8

Principles of good practice in values education 8



Conclusion 12

Section 1: About the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 13

The origins of the project 13

The Values Education Study (2002–03) 14

The values education initiative (2004–08) 14


Overview of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project 14

The Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 1 14

The Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 15

The Stage 2 project setup 16

The Stage 2 project methodology 16

Collaborations: Stage 2 as a learning exchange 19

The University Associates Network 19

Briefing sessions 19

The Values Education Networks of Engagement 20

Mentors for Stage 2 cluster projects 20

Other influences informing Stage 2 20



The Stage 2 cluster projects 22

Conclusion 22

Section 2: Good practice values education – what the Stage 2 cluster projects are telling us 24

Introduction 24

Language in values education 25

Pedagogies 26

Philosophy in the classroom 28

Socratic circles 29

Student action teams and values action teams 30

The power of story and art practice 31

Students mentoring students 32

Service learning 33

Information and communication technologies in values education 34

Values education in curriculum for the twenty-first century 35

Curriculum 35

Explicitness 36

Modelling 38

Student agency 39

Social cohesion 41

Professional learning 42

Positive disruption 45

Monitoring progress 45

Conclusion 47

Section 3: The Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 cluster project synopses 48


Introduction 48

The Lanyon Cluster of Schools 49

Airds–Bradbury Cluster 52

Griffith Primary and Secondary Schools Cluster 56

Merrylands–Guildford Cluster 60

Shire 4 Values Cluster 63

Unity in Diversity in South Western Sydney 66

Values Newcastle 69

WestPEERS Cluster 72

Ferny Grove Cluster 75

Toowoomba North Cluster 78

Oxenford Cluster 81

Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre Cluster 84

Sustainable Values Townsville Cluster 87

Cross Borders Cluster 90

E-Schools: Yorke Peninsula Cluster 93

Edmund Rice Ministries Cluster 97

Sea and Vales Cluster 100

The Broader Horizons Cluster 103

Darebin Schools Network 106

Dunmunkle Cluster 110

Manningham Cluster 113

Melbourne Interfaith Intercultural Cluster 116

Students for the Biosphere Cluster 119

Eastern Goldfields Cluster 123

WA Distance Education Cluster 126


Appendix 1: Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stage 2 clusters 129

Appendix 2: Stage 2 University Associates Network 131

Appendix 3: Acronyms 133

Appendix 4: References 134




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