Papers & Workshops



Espoused Values and Values in Action: Implications for Negotiating Meaning in the Classroom


Carol Lewis-Shaw

Centre for Human resource Development & Training, Dept. Education Policy and Management, University of Melbourne

The research aims to demonstrate that when personal values are systematically identified and relationships between value priorities are understood, this provides greater insight into the process of negotiating meaning and has the potential to lead to improved teaching and learning. The conceptualisation of values in the present work is framed in terms of an individual's world view, value priorities, value focus and associated instructional leadership style. While the data set for the research consists of a videotape and transcript of a year 8 science lesson, prepared by the Classroom Learning Project, the research findings and conclusions have implications for teachers and learners of all ages. The paper presents three aspects of the research: an overview; an introduction to the value analytic approach, using the Hall-Tonna values framework; key findings and an explanation of their implications. These implications are considered with regard to the importance of teachers developing greater personal awareness of the influence of their own value positions and greater skill in the strategic use of this understanding in the interests of more effective learning.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000