To identify individual value positions

Aim

To identify individual value-positions.

Evidence and reflection

Try to place yourself along each of the three continua discussed by Eisner and Vallance (1974): individual – society, values – skills, and adaptive – reconstructive. Clarify where your `position' is.

Extension

Having tried to do this, you may find other dimensions need to be added as well - or taken away. This exercise can be extended so that a whole group could identify their `positions'.  Then it is possible to clarify areas of conflict and reassess policy issues in the light of such discussions.  Consider the implications each `position' may have for teaching styles.  A reflective teacher will also need to consider to what extent classroom behaviour is consistent with expressed beliefs.

To identify value commitments and ideologies through consideration of educational policy statements.