Giving voice to the impacts of values education

17 Dec 2010


Giving Voice to the Impacts of Values Education – The Final Report of the Values in Action Schools Project, October 2010 is a report of the learnings and outcomes of the Values in Action Schools Project (VASP) (51). It presents an evaluation of the impact of the VASP on teachers, students and parents of participating schools.

The core purpose of the VASP was to further develop the evidence base for informing improved school policy and practice in values education. The project builds on the work of Stages 1 and 2 of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project (55), and explores additional evidence of the impacts that result from effective values education practice.

VASP was conducted between December 2008 and November 2009 and involved 86 schools working in 15 clusters (of 3 to 10 schools). The clusters were funded to design, implement, evaluate and report on targeted and directed projects that met local needs. Clusters focused on designated special interest areas such as student wellbeing, resilience and positive education, social inclusion, service learning, improving academic outcomes, civics and citizenship, and Indigenous, interfaith and intercultural approaches. VASP clusters were encouraged to consider the ten principles of good practice (57) that emerged from Stages 1 and 2.

Giving Voice to the Impacts of Values Education identifies five key and interrelated impacts of the VASP:

  1. Values consciousness
  2. Wellbeing
  3. Agency
  4. Connectedness
  5. Transformation

The Final Report features many firsthand ‘stories’ about the project’s impact from the perspective of parents, students, and teachers.

The Final Report and an executive summary are available for downloading. 

Download The Final Report for the Values in Action Schools Project

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