Values and attitudes influence the way people behave and relate to each other and to the whole of creation. Catholic values and attitudes emerge from our belief in God, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.
The central teaching of Jesus is to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself.
Catholic schools founded on the person of Jesus Christ and enlivened by the Gospel, proclaim the living Word of God. As such the values and attitudes of the Christian tradition permeate the whole life of the Catholic school. They are an integral part of religious education and are integrated throughout the curriculum.
It is essential that these values and attitudes are reflected in the life and activity of the school, building a culture where the fruits of the Holy Spirit flourish: love, joy, kindness, faithfulness, peace, patience, goodness, self-control and humility. (Galatians 5:22).
Values and attitudes are integral to every genuinely educative curriculum, and the formation of young people who have a Christian perspective of the world is at the core of religious education.
When planning the learning sequence and assessment for learning, teachers need to incorporate activities which will give students the opportunity to demonstrate personal values and attitudes through classroom discussions and presentations, as well as in spontaneous comments and suggestions.
Role plays and artwork, for instance, and conversations about them, provide valuable insights as do the day–to–day interactions of students working with others in a variety of situations. Also helpful are moral dilemma discussions, surveys, and open–item questionnaires, rating scales and open–ended questions in general.
Affective learning is demonstrated by behaviours indicating attitudes of awareness, interest, attention, concern,
and responsibility, ability to listen and respond in interactions with others, and ability to demonstrate those attitudinal characteristics or values which are appropriate to the context of the study.