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The Role of Animals in the Values Development of Children


Yorke, A and Moltow, D and Swabey, K, The Role of Animals in the Values Development of Children, What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 309-325. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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In response to Government and community calls to maintain, emphasise, or reintroduce values in schooling, there is a growing literature concerning values education in Australian schools. Despite descriptions of clear aims and expectations within the documents that guide curriculum development, the existing literature exposes a gap, both in studies that identify effective pedagogies for the development of values, and in the availability of instruments to measure values development in children. The burgeoning fields of Humane Education and Human-Animal Studies have recognised the value of animal-based humane education for children’s social and emotional development, and there is an increasing amount of research to suggest that the pedagogy and assessment methods employed through school-based humane education may offer an effective and measurable option for the teaching and assessment of values. This literature review outlines relevant developments in values education in Australian schools that indicate a progressive repositioning of the teaching of values from the format of a discrete educational program, to an integrated curriculum design based on a values-based pedagogy approach. Challenges for the implementation of values-based pedagogy are identified and Humane Education is introduced as a potential option. Finally, it is proposed that findings from the interdisciplinary fields of Values Education, Humane Education, and Human-animal studies support the need to reconceive the contribution of animals to values education and highlight the importance of future research in the area of the role of animals in the development of values and ethical understanding in children.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:ethics, humane education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Yorke, A (Miss Amanda Yorke)
UTAS Author:Moltow, D (Dr David Moltow)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
ID Code:109625
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-06-23
Last Modified:2017-06-14

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