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Assessing attitudes and values

The development of positive, health-enhancing attitudes and values is integral to both The New Zealand Curriculum Framework and Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999). Students should:

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be challenged to think clearly and critically about human behaviour, and to explore different values and viewpoints ... [to] help them to clarify their own values and to make informed judgements.

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The New Zealand Curriculum Framework, page 14

On the other hand:

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Students should not be assessed on the values they hold. However, it is both useful and valid to assess the development of health-enhancing attitudes. When evaluating the programme, in particular, the development of students' attitudes will be an important factor to consider.

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Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, page 55.

In all the Curriculum in Action books, the ways in which the suggested learning experiences can help to develop students' attitudes and values are described in the margin, alongside the symbol 'AV'. For example, the activity Guidelines for Our Class as a Whānau/Family, (on page 13 of Creating a Positive Classroom Community) is intended to help students develop "a positive and responsible attitude towards their own well-being, respecting the rights of others, displaying care and concern for others and the environment, and displaying tolerance and non-discrimination".

In order to evaluate the success of this aspect of their programme, the teacher would need to note changes in the attitudes, demonstrated and expressed by class members.


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