EXPLORING PERCEPTIONS OF A SCHOOL COMMUNITY ABOUT VALUES EDUCATION IN VIETNAM

Year: 2017

Author: Thi Nhu Nguyen, Quynh

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Effective schooling cannot ignore values education which is a central element of the educational process. In an attempt to select which values should be taught and how to teach them in Vietnam, it firstly necessitates understanding the perceptions of the people involved in values education including the principal, teachers, students and parents. Data for this study was generated from qualitative case study of an upper secondary school in Vietnam and collected through semi-structured interviews with the principal, eight teachers and two parents and focus group interviews with twelve students. The findings suggested that, although the majority of participants agreed on the important role of values education in schooling, they were unable to reach a clear definition of values and values education. Additionally, the principal and several teachers considered values education to be teaching life skills, which indicates limited understanding of the nature of values education. The study concludes that it is necessary to develop educational strategies to first raise awareness of the school leaders and teachers in terms of values education before doing so for students and families.

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