Values Education Good Practice Schools Project
Children and Place Mapping Group
Our Values Education Project aimed to develop and nurture an appreciation of the relationships among self, place and community; the diversity and uniqueness of land; and the need for sustainability are core values emerging in the early 21st century. In this project we aim to link with schools across a wide socio-cultural and geographic range to exchange experiences of how we sustain, share, and connect to our places.
Our schools focused on the values of care and stewardship of the local environment, social and ecological responsibility, respect for the diverse traditions and cultures of others and the value of comparing their own experiences with those of others in different regions and ecological areas.
Our project to built on students’ attachment to place and their ability to exercise ethical judgement and social responsibility about how their place is managed. Through connecting to place and becoming active citizens in the process, students can increase their resilience, self-esteem, optimism and commitment to personal fulfilment, all values identified by the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools.
Our students have used conventional and digital media and arts practice to develop maps showing sustainable features of cultural, social, economic and ecological values of their places. It involves students, teachers and members of the parent community at four schools in developing a series of sustainability values maps showing the areas they share and care for their places. Students from different schools will have an opportunity to compare and contrast the diversity of values in relation to place and their experience of place through visits and online.
Our older students have developed Sustainability Values Maps consisting of a base map and four overlay maps showing the four dimensions of sustainability: ecological, social, economic and cultural values. The base map can be a topographic map, street map or a traditional painting of the area. The four overlay maps showing cultural, social, economic and ecological values of each place will be developed and laid on top of the base map. The resultant compilation will show the ‘hot-spots’ or extra-special places where sustainable values and practices are most intense. The children have identified the sustainability values for each of the four overlays primarily from their own experience. Additional depth was gained through the children’s collecting oral history and interviews with relevant people such as elders, Indigenous people, public library staff, fishing families, environmental managers, shopkeepers and artists.
Our younger students have used story and arts practice to demonstrate how they can sustain, share, and connect to their special places.
The amazing work of our children, teachers, families and communities can be seen on this website.
Our school communities look forward to sharing our project and experiences with other schools and their communities.
Lance Holt School, WA