Attitudes, Values, Disposition, and Habits of Mind

Introduction

Attitudes, values, dispositions, or habits of mind are the most important aspect of an education and maybe the least planned elements of a curriculum. They are often referenced in philosophies, goals, or as attitudes, values, disposition, and habits of mind in different documents. While there are minor differences in the meanings of these four words. I believe what they are used to describe are arguably mostly used to describe goals and action which are pretty much the same thing.

In curriculums they refer to attitudes, values, dispositions, and habits of mind that educators and student have or would be desirable for them to have. This article describes:

  1. How to write them as attitudes, values, dispositions, and habits of mind to include in mission statements, goals, philosophies, outcomes, or other documentation.
  2. Suggestions for combining them to include in a code of conduct, philosophies, rules, & ...
  3. Provides an alphabetical list of - attitudes, values, dispositions, and habits of mind - that have been found in different curriculum documents to review to create your documents.

Suggestions, Ideas, and Examples

Suggestions for writing attitudes, values, dispositions, and habits of mind

Some words alone are not attitudes or imply value. While they can be defined as an attitude or value, it is usually better to add a value word.

For example: Communication - doesn't communicate a value for communication.

To make it a value statement or attitude, add value words or statements:

How many attitudes, dispositions, or habits of mind should be included.

If you want them to be remember, it is important to limit them. If a list goes beyond six or seven, it becomes harder to remember. If you can't seem to limit them to six or seven, then you might try to assist in remembering them by group them into categories. Possible categories:

  1. Personal related,
  2. Group related,
  3. Professional,
  4. Subject,
  5. Communication, and
  6. Creating ideas.

Examples of attitudes, values, dispositions, and habits of mind

 

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