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Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools

1st Edition

By James Arthur, Kristján Kristjánsson, Tom Harrison, Wouter Sanderse, Daniel Wright


204 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools addresses the contemporary issues of quantification and measurement in educational settings. The authors draw on the research of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in order to investigate the concern that the conventional wisdom, sound judgement and professional discretion of teachers is being diminished and control mistakenly given over to administrators, policymakers and inspectors which in turn is negatively effecting pupils’ character development.

The books calls for subject competence to be complemented by practical wisdom and good character in teaching staff. It posits that the constituent virtues of good character can be learned and taught, that education is an intrinsically moral enterprise and that character education should be intentional, organised and reflective. The book draws on the Jubilee Centre’s expertise in support of its claims and successfully integrates the fields of educational studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology in its examination of contemporary educational practices and their wider effect on society as a whole. It offers sample lessons as well as a framework for character education in schools.

The book encourages the view that character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important and how to act for the right reasons so that they can become more autonomous and reflective individuals within the framework of a democratic society. Particularly interested readers will be educational leaders, teachers, those undertaking research in the field of education as well as policy analysts with a keen interest in developing the character and good sense of learners today.

Table of Contents

1 Wisdom in the Craft of Teaching 2 What is ‘Character Education’? 3 Digging Deeper into the Purpose and Meaning of Character and Character Education 4 How does Children’s Moral Character Develop? 5 Classroom-Based Approaches to Character Education 6 Whole School Approaches to Character Education 7 How Can We Measure Virtue and Evaluate Programmes of Character Education? 8 Character Education Books, Papers and Resources 9 Primary and Secondary Sample Lessons

About the Authors

James Arthur is Professor of Education, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (staffing) and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Kristján Kristjánsson is Deputy Director at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Tom Harrison is Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Wouter Sanderse is Associate Professor of Teachers' Professional Ethics at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg, the Netherlands and a former Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Daniel Wright is Deputy Head (Staff), St George's College, Weybridge and formally a Research Associate at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Guidance & Orientation
EDUCATION / Secondary