Children’s perceptions of democratic values : implications for democratic citizen education

Show simple item record Botha, Annelie Joubert, Ina Hugo, Anna 2017-05-17T05:02:20Z 2017-05-17T05:02:20Z 2016-12-01
dc.description.abstract A new generation of children are learning the importance of democratic values at a level which makes sense to them. Appropriate ‘democratic values’ for South Africa are set out in the Constitution, and the national curriculum aims to equip all learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful participation in society. In many schools, these values – responsibility, respect and the freedom of self-expression – are merely posted on the walls of classrooms, but are not integrated into the subject content. This article proposes that teachers need to determine children’s perceptions of the values in question, and these should be the starting point for teaching democratic values. Young children need to understand and experience values in the classroom, suitable to the development of their moral reasoning. To concretise concepts of values, we used the ‘pledge tree’ activity in an intervention, in which 9-year-old children wrote their values on paper ‘leaves’ which they then posted on a huge polystyrene tree. The paper reports on this experience as a research investigation, capturing children’s ideas. en_ZA
dc.description.department Early Childhood Education en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Botha, A., Joubert, I. & Hugo, A., 2016, ‘Children’s perceptions of democratic values: Implications for democratic citizen education‘, South African Journal of Childhood Education 6(1), a343. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/sajce.v6i1.343. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7674 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7682 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajce.v6i1.343
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Learning en_ZA
dc.subject Democratic values en_ZA
dc.subject Constitution en_ZA
dc.subject Children’s perception en_ZA
dc.title Children’s perceptions of democratic values : implications for democratic citizen education en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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