Objectives of the study:
To enable children to
Listen and respond to messages, talks and happenings related to the theme of Living together in harmony inbuilt in the context of the lessons prescribed in the English Reader for grades VII, VIII and IX. The values to be focussed on are the following (a)Cooperation (b)Tolerance (c)Comparison (d)respect for personal dignity (e) gender equality (f)respect and concern for the environment and concern for the environment and other species which inhabit the world.
Articulate their views on the values mentioned above
read supplementary material which will enhance the experiences occurring in the classroom.
Collect and select literature on
(a) the value themes specified.
(b) men and women of eminence whose actions are synonymous with the values which are portrayed in the text.
(a) write on specific value theme distinguishing shades and nuance of meaning.
(b) design pamphlets, posters, greeting cards, banners and messages which are value oriented.
The study was undertaken with children belonging to grades VII, VIII and IX of DMS, Mysore. Atypical cases based upon variables such as socio-economic status, type of family (nuclear, joint or single parent), education of parents and birth order were studies based on observations made during the course of the actual classroom transactions.
Tools of the study:
Anecdotal records based upon observations of day to day classroom activities
Reflective diary maintained by teacher with respect to the phenomenon observed which were of special relevance to gauge the progress made by a child or a class with respect to the values specified.
Audio recording of teacher talk and discussions/interactions occurring in the classroom.
A summative assessment consisting of a series of questions on each lesson with the view to testing their opinions/attitudes vis-a-vis specific issues.
Design of the study:
Frequency count, percentage analysis and chi-square test were used.
The responses of the students in general revealed a better articulation of values by girls in comparison with boys of all the grades investigated. While the percentage of correct responses made were more by girls, the preponderance of partially correct responses by boys shows that though ware of certain values, they were unable to state in specific terms. With respect to some questions however, there is a reversal of the pattern with more boys articulating their responses correctly. The chi-square value indicating the presence of a significant relationship between the sex of the student- responding and the response given reveals the presence of certain gender specific responses with respect to the study.
Keyword(s): value Education