Values in Education in Northern Ireland

Alan Smith, Alison Montgomery

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The Values in Education project was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (NICCEA) to be undertaken over a twelve month period from February 1995 to January 1996. The aims of the project were to:- research existing approaches to values in education; - generate specific 'profiles' of values initiatives in education; and - evaluate the current provision for values in education in the Northern Ireland Curriculum.This report documents the findings from the research undertaken into values in education within the Northern Ireland Curriculum and in the wider educational context of the UK and Europe. The report also presents some recommendations for further development in this area. In Northern Ireland, explicit consideration was given to Values in Education by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI) in its strategic plan, which outlines the Department's priorities for education in the years leading up to the end of the century. One of the strategic aims referred to in the section entitled 'Learning for Life' is the "[nurturing] of moral values" and "respect for the worth of all individuals". The Values in Education (NI) project has been undertaken as part of NICCEA's remit, to help inform and guide policy and decision-making on matters related to the curriculum. The five year period from 1996 - 2001 has been earmarked as a period of planning and preparation to identify a vision for education in Northern Ireland for the new millennium. This stage of the project represents the beginning of a process to provide greater clarification of the values in and through the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It also provides the starting point for a further, developmental phase which investigates how values in education might be given more prominence within schools in a number of practical ways.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages172
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • education curriculum values northern ireland


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