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The Values we Teach: Schooling for a Global Community

Mark J. Askew.

All schools teach values: both overtly and covertly. What values are most appropriate for the citizens of a post-modern global community?

Increasingly, in a diverse world, all schools need to be culturally aware and inclusive. They also are expected to provide their students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for both personal and social transformation. Students are expected to be involved in the process of creating meaning for themselves in their world, and therefore, working for its transformation.

This paper analyses approaches by which school communities, or school systems, can identify, reach consensus and promote values. It also considers the ways in which their performance outcomes in this area can be assessed and measured. The approach does not confine itself to curriculum content and appropriate pedagogy, but also addresses strategies to develop a constructivist ethos within classrooms and school communities.


Mark J. Askew  (Australia)
Head, Educational Services
Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Broken Bay

  • Values
  • Global
  • Community
  • Constructivist
  • Social Transformation

(30 min Conference Paper, English)