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Elite Perceptions of Values Education in Malaysia and the Pacific Rim

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A review of official documents indicates that Pacific Rim educators are concerned with the transmission of values through education. As part of the International Values Education Sigma Survey, this study documents perceptions of values education by Malaysian and Pacific Rim elites focusing on three key areas: 1) why should there be values education 2) what should be taught in schools and 3) how should values education be conducted. Answers to questionnaire items related to these core questions were then used to form the basis of a comparative analysis of the perceptions of values education by Pacific Rim and Malaysian elites. Although the International Values Education Sigma Survey included several non-Asian settings (Russia, Mexico and the United States), this article focuses only on comparisons of perceptions of Asian elite members with subsequent ramifications for policy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Northern Illinois University 2: Institut Aminuddin Baki, Malaysia

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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