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Changes in Students’ Values in Estonia

Author(s) Haav, K.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper addresses problems of value formation in schools. The Estonian educational ideology asserts European human and democratic values. The paper analyses data about students’ values, which show social and democratic values are seen as becoming less important, and neo-liberal values of personal well-being and success increasing. Neo-liberal policies of the last decades promoted individual competition and social inequality. Educational policy has generally followed this. Educational theory and ideology did not challenge the social, economic and educational policies. It seems that the dominant practices of teaching and leading at schools (the hidden curriculum) have participated in the value changes. The civic education system could counteract these changes, if the educators would show willingness.

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