Bringing Values to the Heart of Schooling: The Values Education Initiative in Australia, 2002-2009

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In 2002 the Australian government initiated research on values education in Australian schools that has produced a National Framework for values education in Australia and a multi-million dollar program to make values education a core part of schooling. In this workshop participants will be provided with an account of this values education initiative in Australia. The workshop will first explore both the genesis and the progress of the initiative. It will then review findings from a feature element of the program: the school-based research into good practice in values education. Finally participants will have an opportunity to interact with a selection of the curriculum materials that have been produced and distributed to Australian schools as part of the initiative.

Keywords: Values, Values Education, Curriculum Resources
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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David Brown

Project Director, Curriculum Corporation

David Brown is the Project Director for a number of major values education projects at Curriculum Corporation, a not-for-profit agency that is a partnership of all Australian Education Ministers. He directed the original 2002 Values Education Study commissioned by the Australian government and has since led the work two major components of the Australian values education initiative: the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project and the Curriculum and Professional Development Resources Project. David has directed a range of other national projects in civic and citizenship education, history education and boys education. He has published a number of articles and books on values education and civics and citizenship education. David was formerly a teacher in secondary schools and in technical and further education colleges.

Julie Mitchell

Education Consultant, University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Julie Mitchell has taught English at all secondary levels for over 20 years. In 1993 she was appointed Head of English at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne. In 2003 and 2004 she became Project Manager and Writer for a values education initiative sponsored by The Council for Christian Education in Schools exploring values and worldviews in English texts studied at the middle secondary level. In 2005 she worked with Curriculum Corporation developing materials for teachers in the field of values education under the Australian government’s new values education program. Over the last two years she has taught English method at Deakin and Melbourne universities and worked extensively as a consultant and writer to Curriculum Corporation in the filed of Values education.

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