n Journal of Educational Studies - Values, education and democracy : manifesto or myth?
|Article Title||Values, education and democracy : manifesto or myth?|
|© Publisher:||University of Venda|
|Journal||Journal of Educational Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg and 2 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||104 - 120|
|Issue||Special issue 1|
|Keyword(s)||Democracy, Human rights, Manifesto, Multi-level systems approach, Social justice and Values|
The purpose of this qualitative study was to ascertain, firstly, how different participants in schools understood and interpreted the different values in the Manifesto on Values, Education and Democracy and secondly whether the values in the Manifesto were being implemented at their schools. Data was collected from a variety of participants through questionnaires, individual and focus group interviews. The results indicate that there are discrepancies and inconsistencies in the understanding and interpretation of the different values as well as in the implementation of the Manifesto. As such we argue that currently the Manifesto is more likely a myth rather than a manifesto in reality. On the basis of the findings several recommendations are made for the successful implementation of the Manifesto to become a reality in schools.
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