Humanities

How can we train people to have a critical spirit and the necessary values?

Today’s unstoppable technological and social changes are promoting frameworks of thought and personal and human relationships that are more intermittent and superficial than in the past. Just as social networks have multiplied the number of interactions by making them shorter and quicker, in other spheres – such as cultural consumption, political debate and education – proposals with an immediate and easy-to-understand impact tend to stand out more. Content that goes into greater depth and requires slower digestion tends to be relegated to the background.

Nevertheless, training people who are capable of understanding a complex, fast-changing world, building within it their life’s work, and adding value to organisations and society requires that we strengthen our educational commitment to fostering critical thinking and conveying solid, coherent values. The aim of this block is to explore the content, forms and times of these models.

Future challenges in this area:

Reasons that justify teaching values.
Contents and methods that must be applied.
Curriculum design.
The role of the various participants in the educational community.
How to measure impact.

Key questions to answer:

What does it mean to teach values?
Why is it necessary to teach values?
What should be the core values when teaching our students?
What types of content can support the teaching of values?
Which methodologies are most appropriate?
How can we incorporate teaching values in the programme curricula?
Are there different values for different programmes?
What is the role of each participant in the educational community in the teaching of values?
What can be done to involve these participants?
How can the teaching of values be evaluated and measured?

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