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Character education in UK schools: research report

Arthur, James and Kristjánsson, Kristján and Walker, David and Sanderse, Wouter and Jones, Chantel (2015) Character education in UK schools: research report. Project Report. Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Birmingham.


Identification Number/DOI: ISBN: 978-0-7044-2852-2


The research project described in this report represents one of the most extensive studies of character education ever undertaken, including over 10,000 students and 255 teachers in schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Research techniques consisted of a mixture of surveys, moral dilemmas and semi-structured interviews. This report explores:
- The current situation in character education, both in the UK and internationally
- How developed British students are with respect to moral character and the extent to which they are able to understand and apply moral virtues, especially those aged 14 and 15
- How teachers in the UK understand their role in terms of students’ moral and character development
- What helps or hinders the development of children’s characters according to teachers in UK schools

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:40
Department:School of Education, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
Keywords:Character, Education, Virtues
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
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Funders:John Templeton Foundation
ID Code:1969

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