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2009

 

Values, Character and School: A Reader About Value Education


 

Editors Märt Põder, Margit Sutrop, Pille Valk

Content Editors Laura Lilles, Triin Pisuke

Copy editing Nelli Jung, Kadri Lutt, Kristi Lõuk, Aire Vaher

Language Editor Külli Kuusk

Designer Merle Moorlat

Publisher Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

Published by Eesti Keele Sihtasutus/Estonian Language Foundation

Language: Estonian

Published with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Values, Character and School: A Reader About Value Education (Väärtused, iseloom ja kool: väärtuskasvatuse lugemik) is the Centre for Ethics' book which was published in September 2009. The purpose of the book is to introduce the different methods of value education which have been successfully implemented in Anglo-American countries. In addition to thorough theoretical background, the book offers practical advice for teachers about implementing value education in the classroom. Although the models derive from different cultural contexts, the experience of other countries may be considered a useful example for helping Estonian schools to develop their own specific models of value education.

The book contains relevant information for teachers and schoolmasters who can learn about ways of ensuring that their schools are schools of character that provide a motivating and safe learning environment for both students and teachers. Several texts deal with the moral development of children, so the book is also useful for helping parents to understand their child’s behaviour.

The book introduces methods for the clarification of values, character education and integrative ethical education. These are the most well-known methods in the contemporary philosophy of education.

The first part of the book deals with the characteristics of value education and the role of teachers in value education. The second part discusses rational moral education, including the clarification of values, which concentrates on the process that leads students to discover their own values and reflect on them. The third part contains texts about character education, which emphasises the conditions suitable for supporting the development of virtuous character. According to this method, the definition of values and desirable characteristics helps school staff to develop good character in students. The last part of the book deals with integrative ethical education, which aims at uniting the clarification of values with character education. Integrative ethical education emphasises both the importance of reflection and the development of character.

The book contains articles by well-known specialists in value education, in Estonian-language translation. The authors are: Graham Haydon, Josephine Russell, Barry Chazan, Howard Kirschenbaum, Maxine Cooper, Eva Burman, Lorraine Ling, Cveta Razdevsek-Pucko, Joan Stephenson, Marvin W. Berkowitz, David M. Shumaker, Robert V. Heckel, Melinda Bier, Thomas Lickona, Darcia Narvaez.

 

Values and Value Education: The Choices and Chances of Estonian and Finnish Schools in the 21st century

Editors Margit Sutrop, Pille Valk, Katrin Velbaum

Content Editor Triin Pisuke

Copy editing Kadri Lutt, Kristi Lõuk, Triin Pisuke, Aire Vaher

Language Editor Tiina Voolaid

Designer Merle Moorlat

Publisher Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

Published by Eesti Keele Sihtasutus/Estonian Language Foundation

Language: Estonian

Published with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Values and Value Education. The Choices and Chances of Estonian and Finnish Schoolsin the 21st Century (Väärtused ja väärtuskasvatus. Valikud ja võimalused 21. sajandi Eesti ja Soome koolis) was published by the Centre for Ethics in June 2009.

The book is dedicated to value education in Estonia and Finland. The purpose of the book is to recognise the importance of values in education, and to introduce the experiences of Estonian and Finnish schools in value education and the choices that the Estonian schools face at present. Recognition of values in the learning environment is an important step towards making a school that pays attention to the character of each student and provides a safe environment for all students and teachers.

Value education has only recently become a topic of interest in Estonia. Unlike the United States, Denmark and Finland, where values are often the basis for the whole curriculum and value education programmes are highly advanced, Estonian schools are taking their first steps in this area. Nonetheless, there are already several schools in Estonia, such as Pärnu Sütevaka Humanitaargümnaasium, Rocca al Mare Kool, Viimsi Keskkool, Laeva Põhikool and Vanalinna Hariduskolleegium, which concentrate on character development in addition to teaching academic knowledge.

On 3–4 December 2008, the Centre for Ethics in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Education, the Finnish Institute in Estonia, the Embassy of Finland in Estonia and the Working Group of Religious Studies of the Cultural Theory Centre, organised the conference “Values and Value Education: The Choices and Chances of Estonian and Finnish Schools in the 21st century”. The book presents the issues, ideas and proposals discussed during the conference.

The book is rich in content. All presentations given at the conference are included, in addition to summaries of group discussions and plenary sessions. The book also contains texts written by Estonian schoolteachers who are already involved in value education in their schools, and by representatives of values-oriented organizations such as European Youth and Junior Achievement Estonia. Each shares their experience and provides a useful example for all other schools and organisations. The book also includes a survey of value discourse in Estonian kindergartens, conducted by Halliki Harro-Loit (Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Media and Communication at the University of Tartu), and a survey about teachers’ motivation to engage in value education, conducted by Laura Lilles (employee of the Centre for Ethics) and Pille Valk (Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology). The book also contains the text of the National Programme “Value Development in Estonian Society 2009–2013”, of which programme the book forms a part.

Authors: Mai Gross, Halliki Harro-Loit, Seppo Helakorpi, Erkki Jaanhold, Lembit Jakobson, Külli Kalamees-Pani, Marit Kannelmäe-Geerts, Tiiu Kuurme, Andres Laanemets, Tõnis Lukas, Endla Lõkova, Hannele Niemi, Kersti Nigesen, Jaan Paaver, Gunnar Polma, Anu Rannus, Inge Raudsepp, Rein Rebane, Viive-Riina Ruus, Andu Rämmer, Sari Sarkomaa, Piret Siivelt, Margit Sutrop, Toomas Tenno, Tiina Teppo, Leelo Tiisvelt, Liivi Türbsal, Kristiine Vahtramäe, Pille Valk, Epp Vodja, Külli Volmer, Varro Vooglaid.

 

Patriotism and Nationalism: A Selection of Key Contemporary Philosophical Texts

Compiler Eva Piirimäe

Editors Triinu Pakk, Eva Piirimäe

Language Editor Külli Kuusk

Translators Raili Põldsaar, Juhan Saharov, Margus Elings, Kadri Lutt, Laura Lilles

Copy editing Triin Pisuke, Aire Vaher

Designer Merle Moorlat

Publisher Eesti Keele Sihtasutus/Estonian Language Foundation

Language: Estonian

Published with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research


Patriotism and Nationalism: A Selection of Key Contemporary Philosophical Texts (Rahvuslus ja patriotism: valik kaasaegseid filosoofilisi võtmetekste) is a book published by the Centre for Ethics in spring 2009. The book was published in the course of the National Programme “Value Development in Estonian Society 2009-2013”.

The purpose of the book is to introduce concepts of patriotism and nationalism as they are understood in Western Countries and the debate between different conceptions of patriotism and nationalism. This debate is new in the experience of Estonians who mostly do not consider patriotism and nationalism to be problematic concepts. It is important to understand the international debate in order to clarify Estonian identity and to help understand what it means to be an Estonian in a multicultural world.

The book consists of ten key texts in contemporary political philosophy translated into Estonian. Among these are articles by such outstanding contemporary theorists as Alasdair MacIntyre, Stephen Nathanson, Attracta Ingram, Margaret Canovan, Roger Scruton, David Miller, Yael Tamir, Will Kymlicka, and Francis Fukuyama.

The book consists of two parts. The first part, “Liberalism and Patriotism”, introduces patriotism in the context of liberalism. The second part, “Liberalism and Nationalism”, examines the relations between the two ideologies. A thorough introduction has been written by compiler and co-editor Dr. Eva Piirimäe.

Eva Piirimäe is a historian and currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She received her PhD in the history of ideas from the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation (2006) was titled Thomas Abbt (1738–1766) and the Philosophical Origins of Nationalism. Piirimäe’s main research interests are contemporary political theory, political and moral philosophy, and philosophy of history.