About Values Education
Values education – any explicit and/or implicit school-based activity which promotes student understanding and knowledge of values, and which develops the skills and dispositions of students so they can enact particular values as individuals and members of the wider community.
Both the Adelaide Declaration on the National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century (1999) and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) underline the importance of education in equipping students with values to enable them to face future challenges and to live healthy and satisfying lives. Within the community at large there is also discussion about how our children acquire their values and how they make sense of values promoted by the media and their peers. Parents, caregivers and families are the primary source of values education for their children but they expect support from schools in this endeavour. Values education is an essential part of effective schooling.
To assist schools in implementing values education across the whole school the Australian Government funded the Values Education Program.
The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools underpins the Values Education Program. It was developed from the Values Education Study (2003) and national consultation of a draft framework. The national framework was agreed to and endorsed by all the State and Territory Ministers of Education and distributed to all Australian schools in February 2005.
The vision of the Framework is that all Australian schools provide values education in a planned and systematic way by:
Previous initiatives funded by the Australian Government as part of the Values Education Program include:
Values Education 2002-2003 ArchiveThe Values Education 2002-2003 Archive contains the 'Values Education Study: Final Report (2003)' which includes school case studies, a literature review, results of the online survey about what values Australian school communities seek to foster and the 'Draft National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools'. Please click the 'More' link below for the 2002-2003 Values Education archive.
Values Education 2004 ArchiveThe Values Education 2004 Archive includes 'Values Education in Action: Case Studies from 12 Values Education Schools' developed April 2004, for the National Values Education Forum, a Forum Report and case studies, with examples of good practice in values education, from a number of schools. Please click the 'More' link below for the 2004 Values Education archive.