Personal Values And Attitudes Towards Families, Communities And Citizenship
Critically reflect upon their own values and attitudes towards families, communities and citizenship and articulate the impact of these on their practice
‘No one can consider themselves a professional unless they are prepared to engage in reflective activities’. Gardner 2006
Critical reflection is essential in developing effective practice. Our own values and attitudes do come into play as individuals and as teachers. The trick is to first acknowledge that we have personal biases, identify where these are and to work with them. As teachers, we will have to work with a vast variety of people and families, which we may not agree with their personal value system or how they function as a family. We all have our own views of children and what we hold as important in regards to childrens’ learning. Part of our job is to see things from their point of view. Schneider (2016, tutorial, 8.3) contends that arguing against your own beliefs may benefit you, into seeing where the other person is coming from. Nolan & Rabin (2015, p. 37) discuss how Bronfenbrenner regarded the unwiseness of ignoring the reciprocity of interactions which frame childrens’ lives.
Robinson et al. (2005, p. 89)points out the family plays a crucial role in conversations of construction of children’s beliefs
Educators practice should never become routine or ‘that’s the way it’s always being done’, there needs…