Today, as in the past, the triad, family, school, and community, is formed by institutions, in which a system of values should be built in order to give legitimacy and viability to the Nation. The school, with its own teaching nature is, without a doubt, the one in charge of guiding the axiological route that allows society to cohesion and build responsible citizens, ready to face the challenges that social, economic, cultural and political changes have brought, and that their participation would be to guarantee a prosperous, pacific and certainly happy country.

The objective of this book oneducating with values, proposed by Tamaulipas Integral Family Development (Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Tamaulipas, DIF, for its initials in Spanish)is to complement the Tamaulipas Education Ministry’s program of civic education and ethics (SET,for its initials in Spanish). To contribute to the reinforcement school, family and society through education with values is one of the most important tasks of DIF Tamaulipas. School,because of its essence and vocation, because of its function and influence, and because of the time students spend there, becomes the perfect place to reinforce learning values among students, not only in its ethical approach, but also in preparing them as future active citizens participating in their duties with their Nation.

Two dimensions regarding educational systems

There are two dimensions regarding contemporary educational systems that give legitimacy and importance to the formation and preservation of the institutions in society, and to the incorporation of the following generations for their development. The first dimension is stated as the one having the function of transmitting knowledge through appropriate educational models where teaching is the main purpose the second dimension refers to accomplishing the complex process of forming students to integrate them to society as responsible peopleby educating them with values as a unique way of teaching, which prepare them for life, in their development as human beingsand to actively participate in the perfection of their own society.

For both dimensions, teaching and formation, there exists paradoxical situations, which some how limit their application. When teaching, not only does pertinent criteria complicate its functionality, but also –paradoxically- the increasing amount of knowledge that the geniuses of the scientific-technologic revolution constantly generate, and the frequent development of theories on society, culture, economy and politics, which encourages and renews social practice, to the point that school time available for teaching becomes limited. For formation, not only the available time is reduced, but because of its exceptional nature, its teaching becomes somewhat complex, due to the fact that it cannot separate the person who is learning from what has to be learnt, as it happens with other subjects in the curriculum, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.

In other words, the aspects of subjectivity, emotions, affections, sensitivity and personal experiences need a different approach from the one who is solely transmitting knowledge. Because of the scarcity of time, it becomes necessary for the student to learn actively, to search for knowledge in available sources: libraries, Internet, cultural sections in the newspaper or magazines, and audiovisual aids from movies, television and theater.

It is clear that a world in constant change needs that the subjects of education become active. The main objective is to encourage and develop own learning, and to develop cognitive (motivational) skills, which prepare them for continuous learning. Simple repetition and memorization, encyclopedic teaching, discipline and textbook centered teaching are not sufficient to achieve new knowledge. This requires knowledge comprehension, giving importance to the significance of processes,students’ organization forms based in self-management of knowledge, the role of libraries as a teaching resource, the qualitative evaluations as well as the quantitative ones, and the careful use of new information technologies in the quest for knowledge.

The formation as an educational dimension doesn’t mean that it is a purely intuitive or reflexive approach. It must rely, the same as other aspects of learning on a group of systematic procedures that could take it to the continuation of a learnt event.

When we talk about the training of students with values, particularly in the first stages of learning, we are referring, not only to the acquisition of certain positive behaviors, butalso to the internalization of a group of values which shall guide them in their life and interactions in all the social areas where they have to be included and participate.

The problem of how to trigger this learning process of values, that becomes affected by the influence of multiple sociocultural behavioral models which are presented to the students on a regular basis, this fact takes us to consider a special way of teaching, that allows us to focus on what must be learnt, and could give them a certain autonomy against the perverse stimuli from other behavioral models. This way of teaching has been explained as learning through competencies.

In the same way that the students will have to learn a number of competencies to obtain a relevant, appropriate and useful education for their lives and their community participation, we must be aware that the teacher must be able to master competencesas well to educate the students with values. This implies the acquisition of a new role as a teacher, that must be not only as a mentor, but also as an adviser, counselor, tutor, friend, and partner in the knowledge construction of students, of course, without trying to replace their learning.

The objective of this book is precisely, not only giving the teacher a group of resources to improve the education with values, but also, to let the teacher work in personal achievement of the group of competencies that are necessary for teaching.

It is evident that the school has been transformed, and together with it, the knowledge that has to be taught to students. The most important actors have changed their roles, some of them for good, and others for worse. However, the school as an institution is still the citizens’ favorite, and also one of the most demanded by them. Its mission of being the place where knowledge is expected to acquirea better position, and opportunities of development within society, all this makes it vulnerable to all the critical situations of the same society. People expect too much from school, and in correspondence, not always has enough resources to satisfy all the demands that education imposes in this new era we are currently living.

Contemporary society imposes growing challenges to educational institutions and to those who are part of them, whether they are principals, teachers, students, or employees. Nevertheless, it keeps on being a niche where the new generations learn how to be part of the change and development of society. To summarize, we could say, that education with values allows us to discover who we are, how to improve, to whom and for whom we do it.

“Tell me which values you have and I will tell you who you are”, as the Stagirite philosopher would say.

The importance of values facing the challenges of contemporary Tamaulipas’ society.

Tamaulipas’ society is not isolated from the changes that are happening in all societies in the world. These changes have deeply affected the lifestyles of its inhabitants, their costumes, traditions and rules for living. Having a territory that connects with the United States has brought not only some complications, but economic opportunities as well.

The changes brought by globalization, and particularly by the North America Free Trade Agreement, signed by the United States, Mexico and Canada, caused industrialization to widely develop and social, economic and demographic characteristics of this region radically change. Tamaulipas became a point of attraction to the people in southern Mexico, and also to people in other nations. Its population grew in a way that it affected its previous and well-balanced distribution in its main cities, becoming, an attractive point for employment and economic development. In the south, is the conurbation of Altamira, Tampico and Ciudad Madero, as an effect of the consolidation of oil extraction and petro chemistry industry, as well as for having two of the most important seaports in Mexico. In the north, the bordering region attracted most of the migration motivated by the national and international manufacturing industry implanted there or seeking an opportunity of migrating to the United States.

The speeding process of change in the Tamaulipas’ population to an industrial and service society had noticeable consequences. All this change was not entirely positive. It could be summarized in a relative crisis of values and mistrust towards many of the institutions that regulate daily life.

Education with values is not a simple task. The school has to face the competence of many social agents whose influence is out of proportion because of the resources they have. The media and entertainment have invaded almost all the leisure time of children, teenagers, youth and adults, which contribute to the deterioration of many values and to their extreme relativity. They tend to show habits, costumes and norms that are prone to convert the audience into subjects of consumption, addicts to violent shows, and to the exposition to models of behaviors that are not legally accepted, or they weaken the consolidation of personal social networks.

It is not enough to simply mention that certain examples given in the media, or in neighborhood living, or even in the same family are negative, in order forstudents to avoid them. It is another approach that must be used. The exercise of this axiological teaching proposed covers the need of generating meaningful experiences, involving conditions, necessary reflections, and productive dialogues that result in a conscience of actions and a rationale of their consequences. No one can learn from someone else’s experience. That is, the students have to be able to “make it conscious”, to incorporate it not only to their knowledge background, but also to their everyday behavior when they are faced with conflicts presented in their lives.

Educational investigation has developed several procedures to make more efficient what we can design as complex learning; especially those that can be applied to various vital situations. From this class of transversal learning, values are conformed. Because of this, to make values beunderstood, it is necessary that they are interiorized and become part of the internal norms that control the actions of the person. Techniques that represent relatively complex environments are required, but within a scale that is manageable by the school and classroom environments.

Scenarios have the most versatility, adequacy, and adaptability to accomplish the objectives of an education with values.It is because of this characteristic that this technique has been selected, due to the fact that it allows a process of immersion of students in meaningful situations, in which they can activelysolve problems, dilemmas, and conditions, generating and building their own and shared learning.

The people of Tamaulipas and values.

In a recent study, sponsored by DIF Tamaulipas, onthe values of its states’ population, it was found that persons from Tamaulipas show a strong social orientation to ward traditionalism, which enforces the problems of gender inequality, family violence, child abuse, paternalism, authoritarianism and low civic participation (Moreno Álvarez, 2004).

It was found in other studies from the main cities in Tamaulipas (Cappello, 1993, 1995 y 1996) that the people from this state tend to be passive in their social relationships; in their jobs’ activities, a significant percentage tends to be undisciplined; it is frequent that they avoid making decisions and assuming personal responsibilities. A big part of the population shows a tendency towards magical thoughts, and they blame destiny or bad luck for the failure of their actions. Regarding authority, most of the population shows certain ambivalence, because on one hand, they seem to be submissive in their presence, and on the other, they express hostility when they exercise authority over their subordinates.

They show fear and uncertainty towards the process of change. Their attitude about religion is positive, but often negative concerning church authorities. They love free time, and even though they like to enjoy nature, they don’t show respect for it. In a study conducted in Tamaulipas (Cappello, 1999), the people surveyed surprisingly considered that environmental pollution and destruction of green areas in the state were the least problematic issues.

However, they showed a positive attitude towards industrialization, commerce, and education. They expressed a strong concern about social violence, drug addiction, and organized crime. In general, they grant a low value to personal health.They expose their physical well being to conducts that will surely hurt them, and consider that tobacco, alcohol, and other addictions will cause them relative harm. Preventive health care is not common in many men. Women showed more concern, particularly associated with their roles as mothers, but personally, they consider that loss of health could be fatal.

Referring to ethical universal values, their orientation tends to relativism, where the majority of the population gives them little attention. It seems they are not worried about them.

Education in values must be differenced from teaching of values. In the first case, when students are educated in values, the judgment about men and his nature is the most important thing. We refer to the topics and teaching techniques that are required for the students to be able to systematically guide their behavior with the orientations that society consider as valuable. The teaching of values is focused on the instruction of conceptual, informative, and disciplinary aspects.

With the results of the investigations about values in Tamaulipas, it is seriously considered that education with values should be oriented in a very incisive way towards the formative aspect. It must be focused on the relationship between values and behavior, contextualizing the most conspicuous problems that communities, families, and individuals face.


School, education, and values.

Education and values have been considered as an obligated relationship to school since the former doesn’t finish its job in simple transmission of knowledge, but assumes the formation of students as one of its main functions, so that they can successfully face their lives, and maturely participate in a society that will demand from them as committed citizens.

The main aspect of this formation is the learning of values, from individual to collective, which reach their maximum significancefor exercising democratic coexistence.

Concept of values

From a Humanistic perspective, the supreme value is manhood –humanity- and the basic moral foundation of human society is its preservation, development, and perfection. Respect for life would be the value related with that preservation, emanating, extending and transferring to a complex group of facts, experiences, and behaviors pertaining to life, as peace preservation, health, environment, and public safety.

While responsibility to comply norms and obligations that improve the relationships of coexistence, institutions, and jobs, respond to the value of social and material development – the whole society- the quest for a fair and equitable society – in all dimensions of human existence: social, economic, cultural and political- would lead to perfecting human beings as citizens.

The conception of aaxiological pillar, considering the human being as a moral base, lies in three basic dimensions: Respect for life; Vocation for development, and Perfection achievement- Equity and Justice- that allow how to identify the way these values are expressed in different stages of educational development of the individual and society.

The “experienciation” is not achieved with the simple systematic exposition from concepts that integrate the value as a public and specific event represented on a cognitive category. The students should be incorporated with everything involving emotions and affections, in order to experiment what the value means. Education must start from emotions provoked by specific situations when students face dilemmas that offer experiencing values in personal and social life.

Education with values presents serious challenges for the teacher in different school levels. The management of students’ sensitivity implies the comprehension of the degree of emotional and cognitive maturity in the different ages of the students.

During development, children, teenagers and youth, besides absorbing knowledge from everywhere –formal and informal education- have a growing ability to get vital experiences that come from family role models, media, friends and surrounding community, reproducing the behavior of the observed models – consciously and unconsciously- whether good or bad, and interiorizing them as part of their identity and character. Therefore, the simple exposition as a vehicle to model axiological behaviors are insufficient. There must be another way of teaching, and another way of integrating themto the students’ curriculum.

Clyde Kluckhohn (1957), regarding values, considers that the inappropriate conceptions of the relationship between normative and existential propositions come from the disproportioned vision from existing differences and similarities among them. Lepley (1959), rejecting the emphasis that tends to exist between judgment of value and judgment of facts, claims it isa mere extrinsic distinction. According to Thorndike (1932), the judgment of value refers to the consequences of factual situations; and therefore, they are from the same type. The distinction between judgment of value and judgment of facts has a classifying nature; object of the former are the relationships via-end, and the latter, cause and effect relationships.

The integration of values in a system, a major factor in the characterization of particular structures (person, family, institutions), it becomes a necessary condition for the integration of motivations in a determined motivational system, which at the same time acts as a factor of identification of personality.

Finally, integration that forms personality, insofar it confers regularity tosocial behaviors and becomes predictable; becomes a necessary condition for role expectations to be formed around the social actors in interaction. Value integration in the personality system is made by a process of internalization that transforms value in a supplementary motivation of the action. Because of this, we must complement the approach of Kluckhohm with the interpretation that Moscovici gives to this process in the Theory of Social Representations (1986).

In most of contemporary educational systems, the so called values are the ones that are included for learning. And these values are the ones considered to support the proposal of education with the values that we present here.

The program of education with values, while taken in a general way by the educational institutions,isconsidered a triple axis –Organism, Ethics, and Environment- sometimes adding a module on civics. The program here in develops special treatments designed to address typical problems such as citizen morality -civic participation-, family and child violence -, problems in the environment- pollution, destruction of natural habitat, public gardens, recreational centers, forests, rivers, and coasts-, and public health problems and prevention- diseases, body hygiene, and collective health-, and finally, aspects of social and economic change in current circumstances: employment,business, efficiency, support, science and technology, personal development and collective progress. “Experience, contextualization, and active participation are the means for an education with values”. In other words, to incorporate the values to our behavior we must live by them, feel them, and get excited with them, as an intimate and external experience.

The school’s role in promoting values

The school in the 21st century has been transformed like all other institutions that are part of our current society. It is no longer an isolated element that allowed certain isolation from society problems, so a student, calmly, under the direction of the teacher, could learn norms for the reproduction of culture, for preparation, and complying society’s demands outside of school, as well as, adapting to the conditions that family and community impose.

The current school has moved from its initial isolation to the growing demands of a society moving towards post modernism, to the scientific-technological revolution, to the empire of massmedia, to the diversity of cultures, the socio economic ending of national borders, the growing demand of new roles, the cosmopolitanism of costumes, and to the expanding markets of globalization.

The school is involved in a constant demand. It is no longer a guarantee of school education, but has become somewhat a substitution of the family’s responsibility in forming students with values. School is demanded to be a center of knowledge and acceptance of external institutions to the preceding role, like the ones dedicated to healthcare, justice, politics, environment and new values appearing from the society’s internalization processes.

As Gilbert (2001) has said,student centered education, the integrated curriculum from preschool through high school, the construction of knowledge, the heterogeneous grouping, the cooperative study groups, the school as a community, the recognition of diversity, critical thinking, are all important, but, above all these aspects, education is a process of life.

On the other hand, school must instruct students for a democratic life. Gutmann (2001) advises that all the students must be prepared to participate as politically equal citizens, in the deliberate configuration of the future of society.

To sum up, we can say that students must be instructed in critical reflection. Rollano (2004) claims that school, in education with values must form human beings able to acquire those cognitive and affective skills that, in harmony, could help them coexist with the necessary balance and understanding to integrate themas individuals who belong to society, and also as a unique human being in the world surrounding him/her. We can consider that people and the whole society are in the middle of a crisis, and that, evidently, we are suffering a serious value crisis. This causes schoolto emerge with a very important role as a rescuer.

Ten approaches to develop education with values

In the educational environment and among experts in education with values, it is recognized that they are most frequently acquired through example ratherthan through recommendations, admonitions, punishments and rewards or by mere school instruction. There are several conditions that must be fulfilled by an effective education with values. Also, we have to consider the students’ experience, their context, and the events’ familiarity that are used to reach an axiological education. Outside their direct experience, their everyday context, and unusual conditions, or outside family perceptions, all education with values will have as a result undefiled achievements.

There are no written or specific rules to develop a strategy for education with values. However, we could present, as useful suggestions, a group of approaches that the teacher needs to take into account to teach education with values.

The first approach is to consider that it is not an easy or simple task; so, we have to accept that it is a complex task, of totalizing processes, of rich and diverse situations.

The second approach is to consider that education with values responds to a conception of “integrality” (forgive the neologism). In other words, a value could not be conceptualized as a divisible structure. No one could be considered half honest, or thirty percent honest. You are honest, or you are not honest.

The third approach is the consideration that values have the property of being transversal. This is, they could be applied to a great different number of facts, situations, objects and conditions.

The fourth approach refers to multidimensionality. Values possess the characteristic that, regardless the place where they were learnt, they could be applied to different areas of social interaction. The counter-values also have this characteristic, and that’s why they are considered dangerous.

The fifth approach considers the correspondence between universal and relative as a characteristic of values. This refers to the appropriate areas of application, the same application, and adequacy, and also the interpretation in the sociocultural diversity. For example, tolerance is considered as a universal value, but is restricted by what guides it. It is evident that, even in the culture of a racist group, this cannot be tolerated because it threatens the ethical implications of the same value.

The sixth approach refers to the fact that education with values takes as a foundation the “reality as educational space”. We educate with values, not for a purely abstract instance, but taking into account the real problems that the students face. Because of this, this kind of education goes beyond the purely scholar environments, and seeks to influence the family and proximal and broader community.

The seventh approach emphasizes that education with values must consider the relationship between the students and their development, in the double conception of growth and development skills of the person, and the development of the person as an intelligent, and ethical human being.

Private and public aspects are the main topics of the eighth approach that has to be considered. We can say that education allows the development of an individual personality with an individual values’ system, it is true that the limits between private and public are so narrow, because their relationship with the community is always close, and, each individual fact transcends to public life. That’s the reason why education is interested in preparing students as citizens.

The ninth approach refers to the idea that values are products of learning, but they are influenced by the students’ particularities, their social vocations, and their preferences about knowledge. This has to be considered as a triad of components: personality, vocation, and knowledge.

The tenth approach considers personal life, social realities, and citizenship. This implies knowing who the student is (his/her social reality, existing implications in training him/her to fully exercise his citizenship). An education with values is not complete if these three components are not contemplated, because, eventually, teachers need to consider these factors.

The concept of competencies in education with values.
What are competencies?

The didactic that allows with greater certainty this special type of learning, education with values, is the establishment of competencies.

From this point of view, what could we understand as a competency? The term is a product from formative models initially used in working environments, and, later on, in the world of schooling education, under the idea that it sets an alternative to satisfy the productive requirements in the job and the demands of life.

We are searching, with this procedure, that human actions become more efficient, but at the same time, we look for defining its components based on structures, and characteristics. This takes us to find different definitions that make us wonder, according to Zavala and Arnau (2007): What are competencies good for? Which is their field of involvement? In which situations should they be applied? And also ask: Are they aptitudes or skills? In any of these aspects are there other components? Also, to make clear the difference between competency and competent acting.

Let’s see some definitions about “competence”, and “competency” that let us recognize its basic components, in semantic and structural terms.

In the working area, McClelland (1973) defined competency as “that element that really causes a superior performance in a specific job”. As we can infer,this author implied quality in the results of the work.

Lloyd McLeary (Cepeda, 2005) defines it as “the presence of characteristics, or the absence of aptitudes that make a person qualified to perform a specific task, or to assume a definite role”. As we can observe, this definition pointsto manifested conditions: the existence or absence of aptitudes that make a person qualified to perform a specific task, or to assume a different role.

The Working International Organization (2004) defines competence as “the effective capacity to successfully accomplish a job activity completely identified”. It adds up to the former definitions, the terms of effective and successful capacity.

The Ministry of the Labor and Social Affairs of the Spanish Government (1995) defines competence as: “the capacity to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes to the performance of the correspondent task, including the capacity of response to unexpected problems, autonomy, flexibility, collaboration with the professional environment, and with the job’s organization”. As we can see, this definition adds onto the explicative area of competence, in addition to “applying knowledge, skills, and attitudes to the performance of the correspondent task”. Besides, it increases the capacity of response to unexpected problems, autonomy, and flexibility. This means, that it goes beyond mere semantics to a certain evaluative approach.

In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2008)), ccompetence is defined as the ability to do something well, meanwhile, it also points out a difference with the word (competency) as an important ability required to perform a job. This suggests that in English, we have two words for two activities that may seem similar, but they refer to two levels of application of ability: to do something well, anything, and the required ability to perform a “task” well. This means, that rules are necessary, to perform a “task”. This second meaning is used in the definition of “competency” in the school processes, and in the external ones as well.

The Larousse Dictionary (2004) also defines competency by the application to commercial and industrial aspects, considering it as “the set of knowledge, qualities, aptitudes and aptitudes that allow to discuss, consult and decide everything concerning a task”. The definition becomes a broad explanation, and considers that the competency has a group of diverse structures whereby is defined what could be demanded in a job, implying that the knowledge could be applied, more than just theoretical.

The Organization for Cooperation and Development (OCDE, its initials in Spanish), which our country is a member, in its project, “Definition and Selection of Competencies” (2002) for the transformation of educational institutions, and educational programs, it explains competencies as “the ability to successfully accomplish the complex demands, through mobilization of psychosocial prerequisite. In this way, the results that the individual gets through his/her actions, selection or behavior according to the demands, are emphasized".

This definition is complemented with the following addition: “each competency is the combination of practical abilities, knowledge (including tacit knowledge), motivation, ethical values, attitudes, emotions, and other social and behavioral components that can be mobilized together so the action in a determined situation could be successful”. (Zavala y Arnau, 2007).

The presented definitions of competencies for educational and working environments have in common two aspects, they refer to three specific components: psychosocial properties of the person (attitudes, abilities, skills, values, etc.), qualitative orientation (success) towards a specific practice, and forms of action and performance procedures which are adequate to the performed task (efficiency and efficacy).

However, we can observe that the definitions and components attributed to “competency”, to the extent that they serve as parameters to accomplish more complex tasks, they become somewhat broader and lose certain specificity.

Actually, it is important not to forget that competency is a person’s attribute, because he/she is the receiver of the competency, the one who has to be competent. This person is the one who then acts following norms and specifications regarding the appointed task. Thus, we could say that in general terms, we could define competency as the possession of a group of abilities, knowledge, and aptitudes to develop a specific task with quality and efficiency, a specialized activity, or a required job subject to defined norms.

The aptitudes could refer to psychosocial aspects suchas attitudes, values, or skills. In educational terms, the competency implies the successful management of knowledge, aptitudes, attitudes and procedures to acquire a clearly specified learning in terms of applicability to problems, and real situations, or the practical accomplishment of the topics in a given curriculum.

When the subject to be learned -in this case, values- specifies competencies that are related with very abstract aspects, the teaching procedure gains more relevance, because it is the fundamental constitution, which should have the ability to facilitate the most generalization of what was learned. Thus, the technique of "scenarios" has been suggested.

Learning competencies through scenarios.

As we have previously mentioned, the challenge of educating with values not only implies the adoption of a theoretical and evaluative approach, but also, implies the didactic strategies from which is intended to form the students.

In this sense, several authors have manifested the suitability of “scenarios” as a teaching strategy to educate with values, due to its versatility, emulation of real situations close to the students’ lives; high motivational level that stimulates sensitivity, and the ability to propitiate the students’ engagement. (Brady, 2011; Noguera et al., 2000)

Therefore, a scenario connotes the use of a space where an action takes place, and an interaction of characters, representing a group of events, and physical and abstract components that grant meaning and certain limits to the events that happen within it, everything joined by a central argument.

Likewise, in its simplest expression, scenarios require from the performance of competencies that mobilize a group of knowledge, procedures and values, for decision making, and resolution of problematic situations that require value’s judgment and ethical reasoning.

It is worth noting that regarding the attitudinal component of competencies, the solutions to said problems, not only promote learning of a specific value, but also present an interrelationship between values due to the complex web of factors, situations, conditions, people, and groups of various interests that are conflicted in each scenario’s resolution.

Consequently, scenarios provide the participants with numerous resources to derive senses and meanings that allow them to understand the values and their importance in human and collective life, thanks to the immersion of mnemonic processes of reconstruction, recollection, evoking, and recognition of values, that facilitate their learning and transference to wider daily lifecontexts (Cappello, 2006).

Building upon the former principles, scenarios propose learning situations according to the students’ social, cognitive and moral level of development, being pre-school level the simplest and superior levels more complex.

Therefore, the topics that are brought up through scenarios have the characteristic of integrating arguments obtained from families’, schools’ and communities’ daily life’s experience.

Finally, it is convenient to point out that the teachers could introduce variations, changes or adjustments in the application of scenarios, depending on the schools’ conditions, the characteristics ofthe students and the group, the degree of participation of their parents, and the community context, as well as, the formation necessities established in the course syllabus. (Cappello, 2006).

Teaching competencies for the teachers when educating with values.

Likewise students, we believe that who intends educating with values should master a number of competencies. This becomes particularly relevant, because the subject that the students should learn does not refer to material aspects or accessible knowledge that could be easily transmitted through an instructional methodology. The teacher must have certain competencies to allow him/her educate with values effectively.

Which competencies are the ones the teacher must have when educating with values? These, according to various authors (García y Puig, 2007:8), are a group of personal and professional attributes whose level of knowledge is improvable. Educating with values presents certain paradox to the teacher. Whoever he/she is and which ever educational level he/she has, as a human being and a citizen, he/she should be prepared for educating with values.

New ways of teaching advocate not for a selective orientation without foundations, but a mostly inclusive ways of teaching, assuringa trueequity of opportunities for everybody. This doesn’t mean stopping the efforts of the students in their academic responsibilities, but to guiding education to a closer teaching that allows teaching adaptation to the students’ characteristics.

This leads us to annul, in the educational community, prejudices against gender, culture, and socioeconomic class. Within the many competencies that the teacher must possess, there will always be seven basic competencies that the teacher must have when educating with values:

  • 1. To have a conscience that it is required a firm and broad education with values as a parallel to an educational revolution.
  • 2. To be himself/herself.
  • 3. To be able to recognize others.
  • 4. To facilitate dialogue.
  • 5. To regulate participation.
  • 6. To work in teams.
  • 7. To contribute to improve the school.

It is important for teachers have in mind that learning through competencies is a clear advance in teaching. However, we must understand that its application requires from a careful analysis, not only of what must be learned, but also, about its nature and components. In as much aswe get closer to topics that involve aspects with psychological and subjective dimensions, we will need a broader teaching demand, and the construction of learning based on more complex competencies. Definitely, when educating with values, success will be related to the level of competencies that the teachers have to form students in the complex world of values.

Evaluation of civic and ethical competencies: principles and instruments.

How do we evaluate the civic and ethical competencies that students learn and develop from the participation in educational processes when educating with values through scenarios?

Without a doubt, answering this question implies, on one hand, to have the characteristics of competencies’ assessment completely clear, and, on the other, to dispose of certain domain of the instruments that can be used to teach it.

In this sense, the strategy of education with values presented here assumes six key principles about the characteristics of evaluation of civic and ethical competencies, considering the orientation that are provided by the current official educational programs in our country, and supported by specialized literature. (Bolívar, 1998; San Martí, 2007; Zabala y Arnau, 2007).

1. Evaluating competencies inside problematic situations.

Learning civic and ethical competencies must be assessed byplacing the students in scenarios which show problematic situations more or less similar to those they can face in real life, that force them to analyze value choices, to perform ethical reasoning, and make decisions about the behavioral schemes more appropriate to solve those situations. That is, it is required to make a contextualized assessment from the experience of attitudes and values.

2. Evaluating competencies from the expected learning outcomes.

Each scenario establishes a group of expected learning outcomes and tasks constituting in the referents that the teachers could use to determine appropriate products and activities to obtain evidence, as well as the types of instruments and indicators of achievement. The foregoing, with the objective of aligning the teaching–learning–evaluating processes, performed in each scenario.

3. Evaluating competencies clearly defining the assessment activities.

This means that the teachers must define the products or evidences that they consider the most appropriate to observe the learning achieved by the students from their performance in each scenario. The assessment activities of competencies could be diverse, depending of the educational level, including written and graphic productions, collective projects, scripts, documentary investigations, records and attitude schemes of students, among others, that could be compiled in portfolios, or activity notebooks on an individual, team, or group level.

4. Evaluating competencies according to the type of knowledge.

Competencies consist of conceptual, procedural and attitudinal knowledge. Therefore, the teachers must specify the type and degree of knowledge they expect studentsto obtain from each of them. Considering that the manner each component learned is different, the teacher must evaluate them through activities and specific instruments, that allow observation and evaluation in the most integrated way possible, that informs of the knowledge students were capable of learning and mobilize in a specific scenario, or context where the performance of competencies are realized.

5. Evaluating competencies through instruments of formative and alternative assessment.

First of all, the assessment of competencies must be a formative evaluation that guides students in their process of learning and gradual development of certain competencies. Onthe other hand, it must be an alternative evaluation, understood as a compilation of evidences on how students process and complete real tasks in a given topic, like in the case of scenarios.

Unlike traditional assessment, alternative assessment allows teachers to perform four important evaluation activities: 1.To inform students of competencies to be evaluated.2. To document the students’ progress at a certain time, instead of comparing them with others. 3. To obtain information to adopt decisions on how to enablea learning environment that contributes in a greater manner developing competencies, attitudes and values, instead of punishing the civic, ethical and moral behavior of students. 4. To use instruments with explicit indicators of achievement and also share them with students, teachers, and parents.

Besides, competencies and values assessment must be placed in agreement with the system of values of the school and social communities in which students participate, trying to observe the consequences in the communities, depending on the way that values are applied and practiced.

6. Evaluating competencies implies assuming that learning and development are different in each student.

This requires understanding that students are not human beings that passively receive the environmental influences just like that; on the contrary, they are social agents that actively construct knowledge, attitudes, and values that are considered important to orientate their behavior.

This means that, at present, students build up their personal biographies beyond the institutionalized rules, through complex processes that allow them to set their own system of values, including values, norms, and roles that are offered by family, school, community, and media. Evidently, this process of construction varies depending on the different ages; on the first years it is focused on habits and norms, and in the teenage years it is based on the acquisition of a more complex ethical and moral reasoning.

Instruments to evaluate by competencies

According to Lopez and Hinojosa (2001), the evaluation of competencies is commonly made through two types of instruments of alternative assessment: observation techniques, and performance evaluation techniques. In our case teachers could perform the evaluation of the established competencies in the scenarios mainly through three observation instruments: comparison list, attitude scale, and rubric.

Here after, are presented, in an orientated mode, definitions, examples and general recommendations, to give some general guidance about the instruments that teachers could use to evaluate students’ competencies in each scenario implemented in class.

Check list

It consists of a list or words, phrases or sentences that, as indicators, allow the teacher to identify expected behaviors in the students’ performance in certain areas.

Such indicators must be based on knowledge, procedures, and attitudes that teachers intend to evaluate in the scenario, and must be written on the record sheet judgment, that will allow the assessment of the observed competencies. The phrases in the checklist must specify the sequence of indicators is considered fundamental for the assessment judgment. In front of each phrase,word or sentence, two value columns are included – Yes/No; Achieved/Not Achieved; Competent/Not Competent; etc – in which the observer will take note of everything addressed there, performed or not, by the observed student or group.

Example of check list; group observation

Recommendations to elaborate a checklist:

  • To identify each knowledge and behavior to be observed and make a list of them.
  • To organize the behaviors in the sequence that they are expected to occur.
  • To have a simple procedure to check what was observed.

Scale of assessment

Even though it is similar to the check list, the appreciation scale allows to detect the extent an individual shows each evaluated trait, from its absence or scarcity to the maximum possibility or certain attitude or behavior through a graphical, categorical, or numerical scale, where grading is polytomous. In other words,it is important that the instrument has a separate scale for each trait, attitude, or behavior that will be evaluated.

Example scale of assessment

Recommendations for elaborating a scale of assessment:

  • To determine the trait to be evaluated.
  • To define the trait.
  • To elaborate indicators – clearly observable – from the elaborated definition.
  • To specify the order or sequence of the indicators (if applicable).
  • To validate the logical relationship between the definition of the trait and the elaborated indicators through an expert’s judgments (content validation).
  • To select the type of scale to evaluate each indicator. The appreciation scales must be polytomous, rather numerical, categorical, or graphical.
  • To diagram the instrument.


The rubric is an evaluation instrument based on a criteria scale and performance levels that allow determining the quality of students’ performance on specific tasks.

Regarding format or design, the rubric is characterized by three key elements that are placed on the left side; performance levels, in the upper side, and values or scores by level of performance in each evaluated criteria.

It is important to point out that rubric is an evaluation instrument designed among teachers and students, where in a negotiated and explicit manner, are established criteria and levels of performance that will be useful to evaluate the success of students in each criterion.

Example of rubric, bulletin board.

Recommendations for elaborating a rubric:

  • To select the objectives supporting the task or job that has to be completed.
  • To identify all the possible criteria to represent the behaviors or performances expected from the students while completing the task.
  • To organize criteria by levels of effectiveness.
  • To assign a numeric value according to the level of performance.
  • Each level must have behaviors or performance expected from the students, described.
  • Students should know in anticipation the evaluation criteria. Self-assessment using the rubric is recommended to the student.


The presented strategy for education with values, it is supported by the approach based on competencies from the subject of Civic and Ethical Formation, and it is structured in three different sections. In the first one, the scenarios curricular organization is explained for the formation of civic and ethical competencies; in the second section, the teaching strategy suggested for working in the scenarios in the classroom, is presented. Finally, the topics’ organization of scenarios is desribed, according to the purposes and contents of this topic.

Curricular organization of scenarios for the formation of competencies and values.

Scenarios are organized according to two different criteria.

Organization criteria 1: Gradual development of the competency

Scenarios are organized according to the criteria of the gradual development of the civic and ethical competencies, which are established in the Civic and Ethical Formation subject (SEP, 2009). As an example, the next table shows a quick and global vision from the topics, values, and expected learning outcome for the gradual development of competency 1 (knowledge and care of one’s self) throughout school years.

Organization criteria 2. Values’ selection according to the Civic and Ethical Formation.

Scenarios promote the formation of students in the established values in the Civic and Ethical Formation: respect to human dignity, justice, freedom, equality, solidarity, responsibility, tolerance, honesty, appreciation and respect to natural and cultural diversity (SEP, 2009).

According to the Axiological Model from Integral Education proposed by Gervilla (2000), these values will be part of a greater group of values (with their respective counter values), classified from five dimensions of the person, as bodily values, intellectual affective, individual, esthetic, moral, social, instrumental-economic, and religious (see Seijo, 2009). According to this classification, we can understand, for example, that freedom is an individual and freeing value, meanwhile tolerance and justice are cosindered as moral values.

Values Categorization based on the Axiological Model from Integral Education of Gervilla(2000)

Teaching structure of scenarios

The didactic structure of the scenarios used for the formation of competencies, civic and ethical values is based on key elements concentrated on Scenarios by Competencies Table, expecting that these could guide and facilitate its application to the teachers of the corresponding grades and blocks. This structure is now presented.

Description of scenario

It describes in general terms the group of topics and activities that students should complete through the scenario, and it is useful, therefore, to guide the teacher’s job.


It specifies the name of the field corresponding with the scenario.


It details the main and related competencies, whose acquisition is promoted through the scenario.

Expected learning

Enlists the expected learning from the scenario, associated to the expected learning of the field.


Enlists the values in which the scenario is focused on.


It consists in dilemmatic situations that students must actively solve, and with the help of teachers, relatives or community members, and who facilitate the construction of their own and shared meaningful learning about certain values. In other words, scenarios consist in problematic situations about personal and social life, in which students have to make decisions involving an ethical position, or a value judgment, through the development and application of civic and ethical specific competencies.

Teaching strategy

The teaching strategy offers a detailed sequence of the initial, developing and closing activities, that, as a suggestion, the teacher could use to implement the scenario in the classroom, including more activities for the practice of competencies in scenarios in school life, and in everyday life of students. The activities are designed to facilitate the evaluation of the conceptual, procedural, and attitud in all learning expected from them, implied ineach scenario. It is important to remember that these activities could be adjusted, according to the teacher’s experience, the contextual conditions and situations of the school and the formative needs of the classroom, with the aim that the scenario be sufficiently flexible for the effective teaching of values.

The teaching strategy of scenario in terms of beginning, developing and closingis designed to be implemented in the classroom lasting approximately 45 minutes; however, the school activities or everyday activities must be completed and checked in later sessions of the same subject of Civic and Ethical Formation, or in other subjects, through transversal job.


The evaluation of civic and ethical competencies learning is made in a formative way through the compilation of evidences related to activities and products such as:

  • The individual participation of students in the starting activities and the developing of the scenario.

  • The production of written exercises derived from the closing exercises of the scenario, both individual and team activities.

  • Products, activities, and individual or collective products established in the scenarios applying the civic and ethical competencies in school or everyday life of students. These products must be evaluated through rubrics or checklists designed by the teacher according to the indicators of performance, or performance criteria depending on their school grade and individual development. Through these rubrics, or checklists, the teacher will be able to determine the necessary concepts, procedures, and values to evaluate the civic and ethical competencies in each scenario.

  • For the follow up and control of group and individual evaluations, the teacher could use the evidence portfolio of each student, and could have a class portfolio, where the teacher gathers the products generated from team and group activities.
Topic organization of scenarios

Scenarios of education with values pretend to form students in the competencies for life, ethical behavior, and responsible citizenship. To fulfill this, the proposed scenarios have topics related with healthcare, accidents prevention, exercise of freedom through responsible decision making, organization and cooperation to complete an activity, protection of public and natural resources, dialogue to face conflict resolution, solidarity, and participation in natural disasters, rights and obligations or children, and youngsters, and democracy as an exercise to reach agreements for welfare.

This topics are adapted to the purposes and contents established in the subject of Civic and Ethical Formation, and they were chosen with the purpose to facilitate the implementation of scenarios in a vinculated and complementary way to the ctivities of the subject (SEP, 2009). In this sense, it is necessary to point out that for following the model of education with values, the teacher has the freedom to apply scnearios in a flexible manner, adapting, or creating formative activities or procedures different to the ones presented in the section of Teaching Strategy, considering the characteristics of the group, the conditions or the classroom, the timing, and the material resources of the students, and school, among other conditions.

A variety of possibilities is suggested in each scenario, from these, the teachers could choose those ones that could be adapted to the students’ necessities, and interests, with the objective of fulfilling the expected learning of students.

  • Field 1

    Boys and girls take care of their health and personal integrity.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Knowledge and care of oneself.

    Related: Self-regulation and responsible use of freedom.

  • Values:

    Self-respect, Responsibility for health care.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Talks about the health benefits of practicing recreational and sport activities with family and friends.

    Proposes and participates in creative group activities that contribute to health care and personal integrity.

Scenario 1

An afternoon at Lupita’s house


Through this scenario, the students will comprehend the importance of having a well-balanced diet and practicing recreational activities that help them exercise. Both aspects, help them to prevent diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and contribute to staying healthy.


Friday after school, Lupita invited Carolina and Adela to spend time at her house.

“Mom, I’m here!”, shouted Lupita.

“Mmm… Ma’am, it smells delicious!”, said Adela

“Mrs., what did you cook?” asked Carolina.

“I prepared some delicious chicken taquitos, a salad, hibiscus flower iced tea and a delicious chocolate cake for dessert”, said Lupita’s mom excited.

  • Workbook activities:

    Write a healthy meal that incorporates the three groups of food. Suggest a five-step exercise routine that helps maintain good health. Fill in the self-evaluation chart about nutrition and exercise.

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    Work in teams, and with the help of a relative, research the top five diseases suffered by children in Mexico.

    In groups, practice any sport like basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc. Draw yourself practicing the sport.

    Practice traditional games like “the 18” “Los pozos petroleros” “La roña”, etc.

    Have a play performance about fruits and vegetables, where each student mentions the nutrients from each fruit and vegetable. Present the play in a cultural school activity.

Later on, she set the table and served the meal to the girls, who were very enter-tained talking about the school’s new basketball team.

“Hey Lupita, you’ve always played very well” said Carolina. “I think you should ask the P.E. Teacher to include you in the team”.

“No, the truth is that I don’t play well”, explained Lupita, “I only play during recess, but I don’t think I could be on the team”.

“I want to join the team”, said Carolina, “I like to play a lot so I asked my parents for permission. What about you, Adela? Would you like to join?”

“No, I’m too lazy!”, replied Adela. “It’s cool, but I don’t feel like going to school in the afternoons for training”.

“Come on, Adela, Let’s go!” insisted Carolina, “we can go to the team practice to-gether”.

“I said no”, answered Adela, “I don’t like those things”.

“But you live in front of the sports place where we are going to train!” said Carolina, “I mean, look at me, I live far from here and I’ll have to take a bus to get there!”.

“OK”, admitted Adela, “but it’s too sunny in the afternoon… besides, you’ll train at the same time that my favorite show is on TV and I never miss it for anything in the world”.

Once they ate, the girls went to the living room and Lupita’s mom offered them a big piece of cake.

“Thanks, mom!”, said Lupita.

“Thank you, I love chocolate cake”, commented Adela.

“You’re welcome!”, answered Lupita’s mom.

“This piece of cake is huge!” said Carolina. “I’ll eat a little.

“But, It’s delicious!” said Lupita, “I’m sure you’ll finish it all once you try it”.

“Yes, honestly, it is delicious!” said Adela, eating the dessert in a hurry, “If you don’t want it, I can eat it!”.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Students’ participation to answer the questions about the scenario.

    Writing a Text about a healthy meal.

    Exercise routine.

    Self-evaluation chart.

    Participation in a sport practice.

    Drawing of themselves practicing sports.

    Participation in the play.

“Well, it’s delicious… but I don’t want to eat a lot”, explained Carolina. “And you shouldn’t either if you don’t want to gain weight”.

“If you don’t want it, give it to me”, said Adela.

“Sure”, answered Carolina.

“Hey Adela”, said Lupita, “Do you want to join the basketball team with us?”.

Teaching strategy


  • Activate students’ prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming tech-nique. Use the following questions as a guide:

    What is health?

    What is a disease?


  • Ask some students to read aloud for the rest of the group, the scenario “An afternoon in Lupita’s house…” (one student per each character of the scenario).
  • Ask students to share their answers to the following questions in order to support the comprehension of the topic and the values from the scenario:

    What do you think about Adela’s decision of not joining the team?

    What do you think about Carolina and Lupita’s willingness to join the bas-ketball team?

    What is your opinion about the meal the girls ate at Lupita’s house? Was it a healthy meal?

What do you think about Carolina’s attitude when she didn’t want to eat the chocolate cake?

Why do you think some people with the same age and height have different weight?

What healthy habits do you think are the most important for boys and girls to have?

Is it important that children have a well-balanced diet and exercise in order to pre-vent diseases and take care of their health? Why? What diseases can be pre-vented in children?


  • The nutritionist role-play. With the help of the teacher, and using a chart or a food pyramid, propose a healthy meal that incorporates the three groups of food. Create a five-exerciseroutine that can be done every morning in the classroom before classes to take care of your physical and mental health.
  • Field II

    The use of my freedom and respect for my own and others’ rights.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Self-regulation and responsible use of freedom.

    Related: Management and solution of problems.

  • Values:

    Respect for others, responsibility in the use of others’ belongings. Dialogue for establishing agreements and avoiding violence.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Discusses and explains the possible consequences of loosing control of feelings and emotions.

Scenario 2

My sister Gabriela’s school supplies


The aim of this scenario is to raise students’ awareness of the negative effects of losing control of emotions in the origin of conflicts in children’s daily life.


Ana is nine years old and she is the oldest child in her family. She has two siblings, Gabriela is seven and Javier is five years old.

Ana is in fourth grade, Gabriela has entered first grade at the same school and Javier goes to kindergarten. Every morning after breakfast, their dad takes Ana and Gabriela to school on his way to work. Later, their mom takes Javier to kinder-gartner.

Both sisters stay together during recess, and when school ends they wait for their mother and brother. On their way back home, Javier and Gabriela play and Ana takes care of them.

  • Workbook activities:

    Individually, the students should write in the workbook a list of situations that make them feel angry, as well as possible consequences and ways of solving them.

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    In teams, write a play script where students present scenes of anger and use dialogue as a mean to establish agreements and avoid violence.

    Perform the play in the classroom and democratically chose the best play.

    Present the winner team’s play to the school.

One day, when they got home, Javier took Gabriela’s school supplies to play. As in previous days, the little brother took colors, sharpeners, eraser and markers from Gabriela’s backpack without asking for permission.

When Gabriela realized the situation, she started yelling at him…

“Don’t touch my things! Mom, Javier took my stuff again!” Gabriela screamed. “Look, you broke my favorite crayons! Ash!’’ and, at that moment, she spanked Javier with her sandal”.

“Ouch!” Javier screamed as he started to cry.

“Where did you put my Spanish book? Brat. Mom, my brother hid my books again!” exclaimed Gabriela.

When Ana saw the situation, she didn’t know what to do, so she called their mom.

“Mom, come and see Gabriela and Javier!”.

“What happened? Why is Javier crying? What did you do Gabriela?” Mother asked.

Just in that moment, dad arrived…

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Students’ participation to answer the questions about the scenario.

    List of anger situations, consequences and actions to solve them.

    Writing of the story ending in teams. Evaluate through the following rubric:

    Participates actively in the process of electing the representative.
    Respects the order of intervention.
    Respects others’ opinion
    Expresses his or her own ideas.
    Listens carefully to others.

    Writing of a script and acting in teams.

    Participation of every student in the play at the classroom and school.

Didactic Strategy


  • Activate students’ prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming tech-nique. Use the following questions as a guide:

    What is the difference between an object of our own and one that is borrowed?


  • Ask children to read aloud the scenario “My sister Gabriela’s school supplies”.
  • Ask children to share their opinions about the following questions to support the comprehension of the topics and the values from the scenario:

    Why do you think Javier took Gabriela’s supplies?

    What is your opinion about the way Javier uses Gabriela’s supplies?

    What do you think about Gabriela’s reaction?

    What do you think about what Ana did?

    How would you end the story?


  • Organize teams to discuss possible consequences of Gabriela’s reactions when she loses control with Javier, and about Javier’s reasons to behave in such way.
  • In teams, write a possible ending for the story and present it to the group; provide feedback about the conclusion telling students the importance of values such as respect for others, responsibility in the use of others’ belongings, promoting the dialogue for establishing agreements and avoiding violence.
  • Field III

    Respect and appreciation of diversity.

    Management and solution of problems.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Respect and appreciation of diversity.

    Related: Self-regulation and responsible use of freedom.

  • Values:

    Respect to human dignity, equality and equity.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Identifies situations of inequity and gender discrimination.

    Exposes reasons why boys and girls should receive an equal treatment and the advantages of teamwork among boys and girls.

Scenario 3

Changing team


Through the scenario, the student will analyze situations that present cases of dis-crimination between boys and girls and raise conflicts, as well as the reasons for avoiding them and promote an equal and respectful treatment. In the same way, the student will learn about the advantages of teamwork between boys and girls.


It’s been three days since Martin Mariano entered a school at a border city in Tamaulipas. He just arrived from Veracruz with his family.

When class started on the forth day, the teacher said:

“Kids, today you are going to work in pairs to solve the math problem that we didn’t finish yesterday“.

  • Workbook activities:

    Individually, make a list of three advantages and three disadvantages that students think they can have when working in teams with boys and girls.

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    With help from a relative, investigate about “Gender Equality” and display it in a poster at the school’s bulletin board.

“Kimberly and Martin, you are going to work together… turn your chairs”, the teacher told them.

She continued making teams among her students. Noticing that the teacher was away in the corner, Kimberly told Martin …

“Don’t even think about it, I won’t work with you! You look like an indian, you dress and speak weird! I’m not friends with people like you! Besides’’, continued Kimberly, “maybe you don’t even know how to add! All boys are dumb!”.

“But Kimberly, the teacher said that we have to solve the math problems together”, explained Martin.

“Well, I don’t want to work with you! If you want you can work by yourself”, answered Kimberly. “I am going to ask the teacher to change partners and to pair me up with Samantha. She is my friend, she is so clever and we always work together”.

Martin remained silent…

“Teacher…”, began Kimberly.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Teams’ answers to the questions about the scenario.

    List of advantages and disadvantages from teamwork conformed by girls and boys.

    Poster to display the investigation of gender equality.

Teaching Strategy


  • Activate students’ prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming tech-nique. Use the following question as a guide:

    What is discrimination?


  • Ask a student to read aloud the scenario “Change of team”.
  • Make teams and answer the following questions in order to support the comprehension of the topic and values from the scenario:

    What do you think about Kimberly’s attitude?

    Is it true that all boys are silly and girls are smart?

    Why do you think Kimberly didn’t want to work with Martin and why did she preferred to work with Samantha?

    What should children do when they have to work with partners with whom they do not get along well?

    If Martin were a girl, do you think Kimberly would want to work with her? Why?

    Have you had problems when working in mixed teams?

    Is it important that girls and boys learn to work together?

    When working in teams, do you like to work the same way at school than at your home? Why?

  • Each team will have to make a text with their reflections on the ideas suggested by each member.


  • A representative of each team will present the answers to the questions from the scenario in plenary.
  • Field IV

    Care for the environment and appreciation of our cultural diversity.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Sense of belonging to the community, nation and humanity.

    Related: Social participation and politics.

  • Values:

    Respect for the environment, Social Responsibility.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Proposes some actions that contribute to keep a balance in the nature and social environment, as well as actions to avoid resource deterioration.

Scenario 4

Separating garbage


In the scenario “Separating garbage”, Jorge does not understand why, unlike in his own city, the garbage is recycled in a city that he visits. The objective of the scenario is to make the children think about problems of pollution that exist in our cities, state, country and the world, particularly in the case of trash. In the same way, the scenario is intended to help kids learn to promote and practice the value of respect and care for the environment as well as the social responsibility for this purpose.


Magaly and Jorge went on vacations to the Distrito Federal with their aunt Carmen. On a Saturday morning, Jorge was the first one to wake up due to the excitement of visiting the new amusement park.

  • Workbook activities:

    With help from a relative, investigate and answer the following questions:

    - Why is it important to separate the garbage?

    - What are the benefits of separating and recycling the garbage in the environmental, social and economic contexts?

    - What actions can we practice among our family, school and community for recycling?

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    Organize teams and ask them to make a poster about the importance of se-parating and recycling garbage based on the previous activity and the result of their investigation. Emphasize the values that are being practiced through these kinds of actions

    Present the posters in a cultural school activity.

Their aunt Carmen woke up early too in order to prepare everything for the trip.

While Jorge was drinking a glass of milk, he observed that his aunt was separating the garbage. She would throw the paper and cardboard waste in a bag, the plastic and glass waste in another, and the leftover food - the organic waste - would go in a third bag.

Jorge asked: “Aunt Carmen, Why are you separating the garbage? You’ll take longer than if you put it all together… and we are going to be late to the amusement park!”.

“Look, Jorge”, answered Aunt Carmen, “this is a project that started here in Ciudad de Mexico to reduce the pollution in the city. For this reason, we are asked to separate our garbage at home so the recycling process can be faster”.

“Mmm, where I live we don’t do that… Well, I’m going to play with Dinky while you finish your duties. He likes it when I throw the ball and he brings it back…”

The days passed and vacations were finally over. Magaly and Jorge went back to their city in the North part of the country.

On a Sunday morning, Magaly and Jorge were having breakfast while their father was picking up all the garbage and putting it in a basket.

Jorge told him: “Dad, Aunt Carmen separates the garbage by plastic, paper, glass and organic waste... Why do they do that over there and here we don’t?”.

“I don’t know, son”, answered his father, “thank God we don’t have to do that here, otherwise it would be too tiring separating everything. I wouldn’t do it, that’s what garbage collectors and scavengers are for… It’s their job!”.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Children’s participation during the rethinking activity based on the questions.

    Evaluate the content of the investigation.

    Evaluate through a rubric the poster.

Teaching Strategy


  • Activate students' prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming technique in order to identify some problems concerning the garbage in their community. Use the following questions as a guide:

    Is there any problem with garbage in your community?

    Which one?


  • Ask a student to read aloud for the class “separating garbage”.
  • Ask students to share their opinions about the following questions in order to support the comprehension of the topic and the values of the scenario:

    What is the dilemma or doubt presented to Jorge?

    Why do you think in Mexico City the garbage is separated depending on its type (organic and inorganic) and where Jorge lives garbage is not separated?

    What do you think about aunt Carmen collaboration to the recycling project of the city?

    What benefits do you consider separating and recycling garbage have?

    What do you think about Jorge’s father?

    Is it important to recycle garbage? Why?

    Who do you think should separate the garbage? Why?

    What values are promoted by Aunt Carmen’s actions?


  • In teams, come up with 5 conclusions about the benefits of recycling gar-bage and write them in your workbook.
  • Field V

    Let’s learn how to get organize and solve conflicts.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Management and solution of problems.

    Related: Sense of belonging to the community, nation and humanity.

  • Values:

    Tolerance to diversity of ideas, dialogue, peace.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Proposes solutions to daily conflicts, caused by different points of view between people.

Scenario 5



Through the scenario, the student will recognize that there are different ways to avoid a conflict, and will identify dialogue as a mean to solving problems or difficulties encountered in daily life.


Miss Ramona asked her students to get in teams in order to make a scale model of an important place in the city. Rebeca, Jesus and Felipe decided to work together.

In the afternoon, they met at Rebeca and Jesus’ house to begin creating the model.

“I think we should make a model about the zoo” said Jesus, “it is my favorite place in this city”.

“Yes!” exclaimed Felipe, “I think it is a good idea”.

“I don’t think so”, said Rebeca, “I think we should make a model about another place”.

  • Workbook activities:

    Individually make a comparative chart with negative expressions that generate conflicts and positive statements that promote dialogue. Use phrases or expressions that students use or have heard from people around them.

    Why do you think dialogue helps to solve conflicts?

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    Make a collage with images that show situations of conflicts in different contexts like home, school, and community. Write short sentences with an encouraging message to solve them.

    Display the collage at school.

“What place, Rebeca?”, asked Felipe.

“I don’t know, but I don’t want to make a model of the zoo”.

“Come on, Rebeca!” said Jesus, “Let’s make it about the zoo, it’s two against one!”.

“But we should agree, and if I don’t like it, we can’t do it”, insisted Rebeca.

“But you don’t have a better idea”, said Felipe, whispering.

“That is true, Rebeca” said Jesus, “you just want to be against us”.

“Of course not!” yelled Rebeca “the thing is that you always want to do everything your own way, Jesus!”.

“That’s not true! We always do whatever you want!” answered Jesus, pushing his sister.

“Relax! Take it easy! ”said Felipe.

“Be quiet! Felipe!”, shouted Rebeca while pushing Jesus back.

“Rebeca, Jesus!” a voice was heard, “Stop!”.

“But mom, he pushed me!”, said Rebeca.

“She always wants to do everything her own way”, said Jesus.

“You should be embarrassed. Felipe is watching you!” continued their mom, “I don’t know why you cannot work together”.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Children’s participation to answer the questions about the scenario.

    Chart with phrases and answers from the workbook.

    Collage with images of conflict situations.

Teaching Strategy


  • Activate children’s prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming tech-nique. Use the following questions as a guide:

    What does tolerate mean?

    What do you think that tolerance of ideas is?


  • Ask students to read aloud the scenario “Teamwork” (one student per character).
  • Ask students to share opinions about the following questions in order to support the comprehension of the topics and the values from the scenario:

    What caused the conflict between Rebeca, Felipe and Jesus?

    What do you think about Rebeca’s attitude?

    What do you think about Jesus’ attitude?

    How would you have reacted if you were Felipe?

    In what way do you think they could solve the conflict?

    What are some actions that cause conflicts between people?

    Besides anger, what other attitudes can cause damage to family relations?

    Why do conflicts happen between parents and children, as well as siblings?

Is it important to tolerate others’ ideas and use dialogue to solve conflicts? Why?

How are conflicts solved in your house?


  • Discuss with your students the importance of learning how to solve conflicts through dialogue and tolerance.
  • Field VI

    Social participation and a pacific social life.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Social and political participation.

    Related: Management and solution of problems.

  • Values:

    Citizen participation, respect to others, solidarity.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Uses dialogue as a mean to manage conflict and facilitate its solution.

    Realizes that social conflicts can be originated when people’s basic needs are not fulfilled.

Scenario 6

The new uniform


This scenario promotes the respect for every person no matter what his or her conditions are, as well as the rejection towards any kind of discrimination. In addition, they will reflect about people in vulnerable conditions, promoting organization and collective action to help them.


Tomas is a humble boy who is always distracted and usually goes to school look-ing messy. At lunchtime, he is always bothering his girl classmates by taking away their lunch.

One day, when his classmates Delia and Isabel sat to have lunch, Tomas ap-peared and told Isabel:

“¡Give it to me!” referring to the sandwich and snatching it out of her hand “Mmm it’s delicious!”.

  • Workbook activities

    Students write individually an ending for the scenario.

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    In teams, and with help from an adult, research the percentage of girls and boys that live in extreme poverty in Mexico or in Tamaulipas.

    Point out some solutions based on solidarity and citizen participation.

    Present and comment the investigations in class.

    Make teams and organize a collection of school supplies, clothes and shoes in good conditions to donate to partners who need them.

Isabel answered very annoyed:

“Tomas! That sandwich is mine! Give it back to me! You’re a beggar, you shouldn’t come to school… look at the uniform you’re wearing, you look like a homeless boy”.

“It’s true!” said Delia, while laughing.

Tomas replied:

“It’s because in my house we have a lot of siblings. My mom doesn’t have enough money to feed us more than once a day since my dad went to the states, and he hasn’t returned yet. And this was my brother’s uniform last year. That’s why it looks old “ answered Tomas, denoting sadness in his voice”.

“Oh!”,said Delia, surprised, “I didn’t understand why you always took our lunch nor did I know about your family situation. I am going to ask my mom to pack some extra tacos for you from now on. Just wait and see! I am also going to help you organize a collect between our classmates in order to get you a new uniform”.

“And… you can bring him some of that delicious juice and help me with the collect”, Delia told Isabel.

“But, that’s not my problem”, answered Isabel, “It’s none of my business! It’s not my fault that they are poor and his dad left”.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Children’s participation to answer the question about the scenario.

    Text about the ending for the scenario.

    Research about vulnerable children in the community.

    Participation in the collect.


  • Activate student’s prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming technique. Use the following questions as a guide:

    What is solidarity?

    What is citizen participation?


  • Ask some students to read aloud the scenario “The new uniform” (one stu-dent per each character of the scenario).
  • Ask students to share their opinions about the following questions, in order to support the comprehension of the topic and the values for the scenario:

    What caused the conflict between Tomas and Isabel?

    What’s your opinion about Tomas‘ actions?

    What do you think about Delia’s attitude?

    What do you think about Isabel’s attitude when she didn’t want to help Tomás?

    Have you ever done a supportive action just like Delia? How did you feel?

    Is it important to participate in group activities to support people, so they continue studying? Why?


  • Talk about the importance of supporting people in need through collective activities.
  • Talk to your students about the importance of citizen participation, respect and solidarity. Highlight these values and elicit student’s participation to wrap up the topic.
  • Write individual conclusions in the workbook.
  • Field VII

    The use of my freedom and respect for my rights and those of others.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Adherence to legality, sense of justice

    Related: Self-regulation and responsible use of freedom.

  • Values:

    Respect for others, responsibility, Justice.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Reflects about the consequences of criminal acts and the enforcement of justice.

Scenario 7

No recess


Through the scenario, the student will understand that all people are free and have rights and obligations. The student will also comprehend that in case of illegal acts, appropriate sanctions will be applied. Students will think about the benefits of respecting the rules of coexistence and respect for themselves others.


On Tuesday at lunch, Ricardo and Rebeca told their mom that the teacher pena-lized the whole class with no recess.

“But why?”, their mom asked.

  • Workbook activities:

    Individually, write an ending to the scenario story.

    What did I learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    In teams, make a poster about legality, in which you compare five illegal acts that people around you might commit in your family, school or commu-nity context. Point out their consequences.

    Display it at school.

"It was because Laura’s money and Carlos’ calculator were stolen today, and we…”, replied Rebeca.

“That’s true”, interrupted Ricardo, “and nobody knows who did it, right Rebeca?” gesturing with his eyes…

Next day, Ricardo and Rebecca arrived at the classroom and realized that Carlos was stealing some objects.

When Carlos saw them, he said: “you’ll be sorry if you say something, you know that you can have a bad time”, he threatened them.

During the next days, the children continued complaining about school supplies and money being stolen.

The teacher spoke again to the class and told them that if they didn't reveal the thief, she would take drastic measures.

At that moment, Rebeca told Ricardo: “I am going to tell the teacher, I don’t want to miss recess again...”.

Ricardo answered: “forget it, remember how Manuel was beaten!”.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Students’ participation to answer questions about the scenario.

    Text about the scenario ending.

    Poster about legality.

Teaching Strategy


  • Activate students’ prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming tech-nique. Use the following question as a guide:

    What is an illegal act?


  • Ask a student to read aloud to the rest of the class the scenario “No recess”.
  • Ask them to answer the questions in teams, in order to support the compre-hension of the topic and values from the scenario:

    What do you think about Carlos actions?

    What do you think about Rebeca and Ricardo’s attitude?

    What do you think about the measures taken by the teacher?

  • Each team should write a text including their reflections on the ideas provided by each member


  • In plenary, a representative of each team will share their answers to the questions about the scenario, in plenary.
  • Field VIII

    Mexico, a country regulated by laws.

  • Competencies:

    Focus: Comprehension and appreciation of democracy.

    Related: Adherence to legality and sense of justice.

  • Values:

    Democratic participation, responsibility, Justice.

  • Learning outcomes:

    Identifies the benefits of a democratic coexistence based on rules and regulations agreed and assumed by society.

    Recognizes the importance of making democratic decisions about matters of common interest in all aspects of life.

Scenario 8

The vacation trip


Through the scenario, the student will identify the importance of practicing democracy, making responsible decisions that meet the standards that allow coexistence based on legality and justice.


It was during spring vacations that the Valladares family was deciding where to go.

“Let’s go to south Padre Island, dad” Luis suggested to Mr. Roberto.

“Yes”, said his cousin Santiago, “so we can collect shells…”

“It would be better to visit Granma Cuca in Mexico, and stop by to visit the Sun and Moon pyramids”, suggested Mariana, Luis’ oldest sister.

  • Workbook activities:

    Share an experience in which you and your family or friends had to decide collectively on visiting a place.

    What did you learn from the lesson?

  • Activities for the school environment:

    Make a poster with the top ten tips to meet standards and safety rules before a trip.

“Yupi, we haven’t visited our grandma Cuca in a long time”, said Sofia, one of the cousins.

“What’s your opinion, brother?” Roberto asked his brother Alfonso.

“Well, how about we vote?” Mr. Alfonso answered.

“All right”, said Mr. Roberto. “Let’s vote family, who wants to go to the States?… 1, 2… and now…who wants to go to Ciudad de Mexico?… 1, 2… 9...”.

After counting the votes from the members of both Valladares families, they de-cided to visit grandma based on the majority of the votes, so they could go to the pyramids, visit Xochimilco, and enjoy some days at the Chapultepec amusement Park…

The day for departing came. They prepared to leave early and Mr. Alfonso said: “I’m driving!”.

“No! You told me your drivers’ license is expired and you didn’t get a new one!”, His brother said.

“But it is my truck and I’m the only one who drives it answered Mr. Alfonso.

Mr. Roberto didn’t insist and no one else could change his mind, so they started the trip with Mr. Alfonso as the driver. He would drive fast and carelessly.

Suddenly, a siren patrol sounded as everyone heard: “Please, pull over”.

“Good morning, Sir, where are you heading to?” The police asked. “May I see your driver license, please?”.

“Good morning officer, we are going on a family trip to Mexico, here is the license…”

“Sir, you were driving over the speed limits. Besides, you are not wearing your seat belt and your driver license has expired. Those are both felonies… I have to give you a ticket and keep your car”, said the officer.

“Please don’t! I am with my family, we are on vacations… give me a chance and let us leave, I will give you something for lunch in return...”

“Get out of the car, please”, answered the officer.

  • Evaluation suggestions:

    Children’s participation to answer questions about the scenario.

    Text about democratic decision taking for visiting a place.

    Poster with tips for a safe trip that meets the standards of traffic rules.

“Oh, no! See dad? It’s your fault we won’t continue the trip”, said Luis and Mariana.

“Wait, I can fix this”, said Mr. Alfonso as he got out of the car.

“He messed up”, said Mr. Roberto, “it’s all because of his stubbornness”.

“I wonder how much the ticket will cost; I think we won’t be able to go to the amusement park anymore…”

Meanwhile, Mr. Alfonso keep talking to the police officer...

Teaching Strategy


  • Activate students’ prior knowledge implementing the brainstorming technique. Use the following questions as a guide:

    Where have you traveled on vacations?

    What do you need to do before going on vacations?


  • Ask a student to read aloud the scenario "The vacation trip".
  • Make teams and answer the following questions in order to support the comprehension of the topic and values from the scenario:

    What do you think about The Valladares Family’s way to decide the place to visit?

    Why do you think the family decided to visit Mexico City instead of another place?

What do you think about Mr. Alfonso’s behavior?

Why is it important to respect rules and regulations at the moment of driving?

How would the story end?


  • A representative of each team will share their answers to the questions about the scenario in plenary.

Appendix 1

Glossary for education in values

Citizenship: It comes from the Latin voice civitas. It is defined in terms of responsibility, in the sense of corresponsabilization.

Citizenship is the belonging to a political community and it is constituted in several terms in different societies. It is linked to freedom (taken as a part of natural right, in other words, universal), or justice, or one and the other, and in this sense, it is identified with the exercise of three classes of human rights.

  • 1. Civil rights. For example: to life, to expression, to property.
  • 2. Political rights. For example: to electoral decision, to political party and union association.
  • 3. Social rights. For example: to work, to education, to health.

Currently, the idea of citizenship covers rights and duties/obligations: considered as coessential for being members of a community. More precisely, we could say that the new citizenship gathers the rights of freedom and equality, with the rights of solidarity. In this sense, the concept of citizenship joins the one of democracy andis characterized by the need of reconciling the demands of participation, on one side and on the other, the ones of justice with the ones of the market.

Civic: Respectful behavior of citizens about the norms of public coexistence.

Competency: Ability to successfully achieve the complex demands through mobilization of the psychosocial prerequisites, in a way that the individual results, reached through action, selection, or behavior according to the demands, are emphasized. Similarly, we can say that it refers to a successful intervention in a concrete problem-situation through actions in which attitudinal, procedural and conceptual actions are mobilized.

Democracy: It is derived from the Greek word demos, which means “town” and kratos that means “town’s government and authority”. Nowadays, the concept of democracy is not limited to a determined form of government; it refers to a set of norms for social and political coexistence.

Democracy as a lifestyle is a form of life based on the respect to human dignity, freedom and rights of each and all of the members of a community.

Democracy as a form of government implies the participation of the people ingovernment action through suffrage and the exercised control over what is done by the State.

Human rights: Set of prerogatives, which are inherent to a person’s nature, indispensablefor the integral development of an individual who lives in a society legally organized. These rights, established in the constitution and laws, must be recognized and guaranteed by the State.

We are all obligated to the respect human rights of others. However, according to the constitutional mandate, the ones with greater responsibility in this sense are the government authorities, that is, men and women in public office. The duty of protecting human rights represents for the State, the demand of providing and maintaining the necessary conditions, in justice, peace and freedom, so that people could really enjoy all their rights. The common welfare supposes that public power must do everything it takes to, gradually, overcome inequality, poverty and discrimination.

Dialogue: It comes from the Latinso dialogues and the Greek διάλογος. Currently, it still has an eminent normative value. The dialogue implies to talk, discuss, ask and answer between associated people in a common interest of investigation. The principle of dialogue implies philosophical and religious tolerance, in a positive and active sense and therefore, not the kind of tolerance where different points of view exist, but the one where equal legitimacy and good will to understand reasons. A growing appreciation of dialogue is accompanied by a growing appreciation and thanks to in that atmosphere- dialogue concretely lives and persists.

Human dignity: "The principle of human dignity" enunciated by Kant means the requirement as a second formula of the categorical imperative: "Act so as to treat humanity, whether in your person or in the person of another, always as an end and never merely as a means".

Education with values: Process to induce civic education in scholars, based on the active participation of their insertion in the social, cultural, political and economical contexts of their community, their province (states) and their nation.

Values education must be understood, from the constructivist perspective, as a set of natural situations and scenarios, assisted by the experience of teachers, allowing students to build their civic personality in interaction with their peers, their teachers and own sociocultural context of the institution and the social group they belong to.

Equity:It comes from the Latin aequitas, from aequus, equal; from the Greek επιεικεία, virtue of justice in a concrete case.

It is customary beneficial temperance. It is a propensity to be guided, or to fail, for the feeling of duty, or awareness, and the rigourous prescriptions of justice and the strict text of law.

It is the appealing to justice to correct the law that expresses justice. The same nature of equity is the correction of law when it is shown to be insufficient by its universal character. The law necessarily has to have a general character, and, because of this, sometimes shows to be imperfect, or with a difficult application to particular cases. In such cases, equity intervenes to judge, not from the law, but from justice and that the same law is conducted to do. Justice and equity are not the same things; equity is superior, not to justice per se, but what is formulated in a law that by reason of universality is subjected to error.

Ethics: Science of behavior. There are two fundamental concepts of this science, namely: 1) the considered end science directed to behavior of mankind and the means to achieve and to deduce such end, both end and means of mankind's nature; 2) the considered impulse science of human behavior and intends to determine it with the aim to direct or discipline behavior itself.

Honesty: Attribute of human quality that consists in behaving and expressing with sincerity and coherence (tell the truth) according to the values of truth and justice.

Identity: It comes from the Latin identitas.Set of traits of an individual or a community.These characteristics differentiate the individual (or groups of individuals) from each other. Identity is also linked toconsciousness that a person has about himself.

National identity is manifestedmainly through language, traditions and customs, common history, general values, aspirations as a people, the ethnic composition of the population, the specific culture they have generated, etc.

Equality: Principle that grants all citizens equal rights.

You can describe the moral and legal equality as that by which an individual who is subject to certain conditions or privileges has the same possibilities as another in the same conditions.

Justice: It originates from the Latin termiustitia and allows denominating one of the four cardinal virtues, one inclined to give everyone his belongings.

It is a value determined by society. It was born from the necessity of keeping peace among the members of a community. It is the group of rules that establish an appropriate frame for people and institutions, authorizing, prohibiting and allowing specific actions in individual and institutional interactions.

Moral: Pertaining or related to the actions or characters of a person, from the perspective of good and evil.

Libertad: Comes from the Latin libertas, -atis, of equal meaning. Capability mankind possess to act according to own will, throughout life; therefore, responsible for own actions.

Reciprocity: It comes from the Latin reciprocitas and it refers to the mutual correspondence of a person or thing with another. It is the principle of universal relationship of things in the world, principle by which a community is formed, an organized whole.

Respect: From the Latin respectus, it means attention, consideration. The term refers to moral and ethical issues. The recognition of self-dignity or someone else’s dignity is a behavior originated in this acknowledgment.

Commonly, respect is known by the endeavor of recognizing others, or himself/herself; a certain dignity that is required to be protected.

Respect is the consideration that someone has a value in itself and is set to reciprocity, mutual respect and mutual recognition.

Responsibility: It is the virtue or habitual disposition to assume the consequences of people’s own decisions, responding for them. It is the ability to respond for their own acts. It is all that concerns me in an exclusive way and that I can’t humanly reject.

Solidarity: Solidarity: The root refers to conduct in-solidum, that is, that the destinies of two or more people join. Therefore, to show solidarity is not only to help, but involves a commitment to that to which you are given the solidarity. In the most basic sense, solidarity is supposed to be practiced without distinction of gender, race, nationality, religion, or political affiliation. Solidarity is moved only by the conviction of justice and equality.

Tolerance: Respect for the ideas, beliefs or practices of others, when they are different, or contrary to the ones we have.

Values: Principles that allow us to guide our behavior in function of self realization. They are fundamental beliefs that help us prefer, appreciate and choose some things instead of others, or one behavior instead of another. They are also a source of satisfaction.

Truth: It comes from the Latin veritas. It is the validity or effectiveness of cognitive processes. By means truth generally the quality by which a cognitive procedure is effective or any succeeds. Truth, in general, is understood as the quality through which a cognitive procedure is efficient or successful.

Virtue: Designates any capability or Excellency that belongs to any thing or being. Its specific meanings could be reduced to three: 1)general capability or potential, 2) Capability or Human potential; 3) Capability or potential, of moral nature.

Appendix 2

Resources to learn more about education in values
Bindé, J. (2004). ¿Hacia dónde se dirigen los valores?, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica

Currently, there is a weakening and a crisis of values, which has been mainly produced by globalization only worried by technical progress; which in essence, has led to an increased materialism that has proven to be incapable of guiding actions and remains indifferent to the strength of values. This value crisis is manifested in the use of terms such as “nihilism”, “loss of meaning”, “values’ disappearance”, or “civilization shock” and values which are supposedly irreducible.

Cappello, H. (2004). El caso de los Congresos Internacionales sobre la Familia del DIF Tamaulipas: Construcción de políticas sociales, identidad colectiva y ciudadanía, Tamaulipas, DIF Tamaulipas

Analyzes the case of International Conferences of DIF Tamaulipas Family, explaining how the institutions in the State-Nation are a fundamental part of the process to create a common collective identity, a civic-political consistent character and an awareness of the most important problems and virtues in the community.

Chávez, M. (2010). Formación cívica y ética. Oferta de actualización para maestros, México, Instituto Nacional de Evaluación Educativa (INNE)

Document that presents the conceptual frame and the results of the documental analysis of the course materials, workshopsand strategy notebooks for teachers of civic and ethical formation. The study was conducted with the purpose of exploring at what extent these materials satisfy the needs of teaching formation to teach that subject.

Cortés, M. (2004). Una mirada psicoeducativa a los valores, España, Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza

Theoretical and practical contents about moral development and its educational side that are seeking empowering personal, moral and ethical growth in students and, at certain point, to point out criteria and ethical education strategies for the professional development in the educational environment with the new technologies.

Education in values and Education for Development.

International organization dedicated to education in values. In its website it offers multiple educational resources (videos, documents) about education in human rights, for the citizenship, for the peace, among other key topics linked to education in values. http://www.educacionenvalores. org/spip.php?rubrique8

Hoyos, G. et al. (2001). La educación en valores en Iberoamérica, Madrid, Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI)

Different Latin American experts present their perspectives about education with values. Among the analyzed topics, the role of education with values for the construction of democratic societies facing the society of knowledge, are the highlighted topics; in addition, it makes an interesting introduction of some teaching strategies and specific evaluation of education with values.

Luengo, F. y Moya, J. (2008). Escuela, familia, comunidad: Claves para la acción, España, Wolters Kluwer España, S.A.

Democratic education is not the onlysole responsibility and competence of the teachers; but involves all citizens in different levels and with complementary activities: education professionals, family, municipalities, civic associations, trade unions and democratic schools.

This work gathers ideas, resources and experiences that have been used to fight for that final objective since project Atlántida: close collaboration betweenschool, family and society, all together.

Martín, X. y Puig, J.M. (2007). Las siete competencias básicas para educar en valores, Barcelona, Graó

To educate with values, we need certain domain in seven competencies; to be one-self; to recognize others, to facilitate dialogue, to regulate participation, to work in teams, to form a school community and to work in a network. The work proposes that education with values is an essential occupation that teachers suggestfor mastering certain competencies.

Moreno, A. y Méndez, P. (2004). Familia y sociedad: Un estudio sobre los valores de los tamaulipecos, Tamaulipas, DIF Tamaulipas

The prevalent Cosmo-vision in the state of Tamaulipas is analyzed and interpreted, as well as the social manifestations that will be more common in the upcoming years. It reflects ideas, attitudes and values of Tamaulipas’ people in a way that these are known, appreciated and prepared for facing a new century.

Mota, G. (2006). Educación cívica y ciudadana: una visión global, México, Santillana

Proposes the need of strengthening dignity, identity and indispensable civil participation in the social construction of new democratic societies, based on jointly agreed upon and informed decisions. Because of the importance of this topic, this is a book of interest for the teachers of any level and also for scholars, academic, researchers and concerned citizens andbetter said, busy, with the development and consolidation of democratic life, that each day is more rooted in our country and some other Hispanic ones.

Navarro, G. (2000). El diálogo. Procedimientos para la educación en valores, España, Desclée de Brouwer, S.A.

Adolescence is a critical stage in the formation of adult personality and in morality consolidation. It is the critical moment when the individual discovers rationality and autonomy, but at the same time, s/he uses this wonderful capability of thinking by him/herself against traditional thinking, authority and morality. This often results in a crisis of values, whose uncertain culmination could leave their personality and moral judgment rooted in mere conventionalism void of principles. For them, it becomes necessary to elaborate strategies that propitiate and develop the fondness for rational thinking as a means to elaborate norms and discover values to facilitate coexistence and the solution of conflicts through dialogue.

Ochoa, A. (2010). La formación del docente para la asignatura de Formación Cívica y Ética: el caso de Querétaro, México, Congreso Iberoamericano de Educación, Metas 2021

The article reports the opinion of the teachers on the formation to teach the subject Civic and Ethical Formation and it points out some suggestions from the same teachers to improve these processes of formation.

Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), Valores

This is a web site with several publications of investigations, programs and educational resources on education with values, developed in Latin America.

Rollano, D. (2004). Educación en valores. Teoría y práctica para los docentes, España, Ideas Propias

It gives a guide about the basic contents of education with values and mentions the very important role values have in the personal and social development of the individual. It presents an approach for education with values and it also covers the need for an integral education.

SEP (2011). Encuentro Educación y Valores para la Convivencia en el siglo XXI, 4-9 abril, México

Experts and international leaders encounter with the Mexican educational community to analyze in a critical way the civic and ethical values required for the Mexican citizen formation in the XXI century. The website grants access to the interesting lectures of the conferences’ keynote speakers and the different panels of discussions and forums analyzingwhat has been made. http://www.educacionyvalores. mx/estructura/actividades-academicas

UNESCO, Valores para vivir

International initiative supported by UNESCO, dedicated to the promotion of education with values. The web page in Spanish contains references to the programs, educational materials and formation courses. index.php?lang=spanish


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