Teaching ‘Valores’ in Cuba: A Conversation Among Teacher Educators

  • Illana Lancaster
  • Anita Sanyal
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 24)


This chapter explores the tension between the lived reality of Cuban citizens and the official values promoted for the perpetuation of socialism. Based on qualitative data gathered during a focus group discussion between North American and Cuban academics in Havana and Santa Clara, Cuba in 2010 about values education, this chapter identifies the active and complex ways in which teacher educators are engaging in and contributing to the reshaping of socialist ideology by reconceptualising values in an evolving sociopolitical and economic climate. The authors discuss the mechanisms by which values are being taught and the ways in which the meaning of these values are being constructed and reconstructed.


Teacher Educator Socialist System Socialist Project Socialist Conscience Cuban Government 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School for Education, Teaching, and HealthAmerican UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education Theory and PolicyPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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