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Table 1 Effective ‘values education’

From: Developing tools to promote culturally competent compassion, courage, and intercultural communication in healthcare

• helps students to understand and to be able to apply values
such as care and compassion;
• pursues excellence by requiring the students to do their best;
• purses and protects the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society;
• pursues freedom in order to protect the rights of self and others;
• pursues honesty and truth;
• helps the students achieve consistency between their words and deeds in accordance with moral and ethical conduct;
• promotes the respectful treatment of others;
• promotes personal responsibility and accountability of one’s own actions and the resolve of differences in a non-violent and peaceful ways;
• promotes the understanding and tolerance of others and their cultures, the acceptance of diversity and the inclusion of others.
  1. Adapted from: National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, DEST 2005, p 5,