The didactical basis of health education

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The study of values in education has remained rather underdeveloped in Denmark. In this context, values are principles that guide human action and judgements of whether actions are good or undesirable. Values are also connected to the choice of educational content. Besides
content formulated in the Danish national curriculum (language, social competences, aesthetics knowledge and skills, physical and motor skills plus knowledge on nature and science) a number of educational themes are also expressed in interaction between children and preschool teachers, such as health and a healthy living, peace and freedom, ecological and sustainability development, which Klafki (2001) names epoch typical themes. In the SIGNALS projective we have focused on health values communicated by the preschool teachers during the everyday life. Both health values are related to what we eat and how children protect themselves from illness. The study has a didactical dimension, which means that the four values (democratic caring, disciplinary and health values) are considered to belong in the teaching curricula. The project ends up with ideas which can be helpful for preschool teachers to define, argue for and formulate value education aims and objectives, and conduct, document and evaluate the pedagogical efforts in this domain.
TitelVocies on participation
RedaktørerKlaus Fischer, Irene Kaschefi-Haude, Jutta Schneider
Antal sider11
ForlagSignals Consortium
Udgivelsesår10 mar. 2016
StatusUdgivet - 10 mar. 2016


  • Preschool, preschool teachers, Partipation, Fagdidaktik, Didaktik, Livslang læring, Specialpædagogik, Dagtilbud

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