This chapter focuses on the necessity of providing those conditions under which student cognitive, affective, social, moral, ethical and spiritual potential can develop and flourish. It recounts recent educational research pointing to the influence of schools on student wellbeing and its relationship with academic achievement, particularly in relation to providing for the affective, cognitive and social developmental needs of students. It argues that the values embedded within the learning context play a vital role in determining the quality of the educational experience. It also speculates that taking values to the heart of the educational endeavour begins with valuing students and orchestrating those conditions wherein students can develop agency across personal, social, academic, spiritual and moral domains.
International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing p. 37-62