1st Edition

How Values Education Can Improve Student and Teacher Wellbeing A Simple Guide to the ‘Education in Human Values’ Approach

Edited By Roger Packham, Margaret Taplin, Kevin Francis Copyright 2024
    356 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    356 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Presenting Values Education as a solution to major challenges in education such as student disengagement and teacher burnout, this book provides a wealth of practical advice about how to implement the Education in Human Values approach in schools, promoting wellness and improved educational outcomes.

    Values Education is a worldwide movement and comes in several forms. This book explains the need for and nature of values education, provides practical, easy strategies for implementing the Education in Human Values (EHV) approach, and outlines the educational theories that underpin it. The practical strategies in this book can be implemented in small increments in all aspects of school life. The focus is on both student and teacher wellbeing. The methods can also be used by teachers to address their own professional and personal challenges and to help them cope with difficult situations that cannot be changed.

    Written for teachers, teacher educators, and teachers in training, this book is the one-stop-shop for gaining a better understanding of values education, how it can support whole-school wellbeing and how to implement it effectively.


    1. Can Values Improve the Anthropocene?

    Roger Packham and Margaret Taplin

    2. Re-discovering and Promoting Values through EHV

    Roger Packham and Margaret Taplin

    3. What is The Right Thing to Do?

    Roger Packham

    4. Values Acquisition and the Language of Values for Teaching EHV

    Roger Packham, Margaret Taplin, Kevin Francis, Bob and Roz Malloy

    5. The Ongoing Search for Meaning

    Selvanie Naidoo

    6. Reappraising Character

    Roger Packham

    7. The Lifelong Journey of Values-Based Education  

    Selvanie Naidoo, Roger Packham, Kevin Francis and Margaret Taplin

    8. Methods for Teaching EHV

    Bob and Roz Molloy

    9. Integrating Values into Current Practices: The ‘Hidden’ Curriculum

    Margaret Taplin

    10. Integrating Values into Current Practices: Overtly Through the Curriculum

    Margaret Taplin

    11. Maintaining Positivity through EHV

    Kevin Francis

    12. Curbing Excesses – Placing a Ceiling on Desires

    Kevin Francis

    13. Learning Partnerships to Enhance Values-Based Education

    Krish Naidoo, Kevin Francis, Margaret Taplin, and Roger Packham

    14. Character Education through EHV in Practice

    Roger Packham and Margaret Taplin 



    Roger Packham has over 40 years of experience in research and education, including a review for UN-Habitat of an EHV-based project and as a team member improving village-level wellbeing in India. He was the Deputy Chair of the Australian Sathya Sai School Board and past Director of the Australian Institute of Sathya Sai Education.

    Margaret Taplin has over 30 years of experience as a lecturer and researcher in teacher education.  She has written several books and numerous articles about practical applications of EHV and led projects to introduce and develop EHV in primary schools in Mainland China, supported by the Hong Kong Institute of Sathya Sai Education.   

    Kevin Francis has over 44 years of experience as a counsellor, teacher, and facilitator in teacher education and positive psychology.  He has conducted many workshops about the practical applications of EHV and introduced and developed aspects of EHV in State and Catholic educational systems.

    “This extremely timely composition is profound, all encompassing, and resonates at the highest educational levels. It is highly recommended for all educators. And yet, due to its holistic nature and broad applicability, it is also recommended for social workers, health care practitioners, and all who lead and are engaged in the great service of humankind’s development and well-being.”

    Hymon T. Johnson, MBA, Ed.D, Emeritus Professor of Education, Antioch University, USA