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Professor Robert C. Roberts Publishes Chapter on Humility

12/02/16

Prof. Robert C. Roberts has published a chapter titled 'Learning Intellectual Humility' in the new edited volume 'Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology' by Jason Baehr. Prof. Roberts presented this chapter at the Centre's 4th annual conference 'Cultivating Virtues' in January 2016.  You can view the edited volume at this page.

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Centre Senior Fellow Hosts Secretary of State at Character Symposium

11/02/16

On Thursday 21st January 2016, Jubilee Centre Senior Fellow, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, hosted the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, at the Department for Education’s symposium on character.  The symposium took place at Floreat Wandsworth Primary School, which was officially opened by the Secretary of State as part of the event. 

Following opening remarks by Lord O’Shaughnessy, in which he highlighted the need for children to flourish and be able to experience joy in education, a speech by the Secretary of State made reference to Floreat Education, and the University of Birmingham School, for their commitment to character education.  The full speech can be found here. 

You can watch an interview with Lord O’Shaughnessy and the Secretary of State for Education here.

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Dr David Walker Publishes on Moral Virtue in Friendship

10/02/16

Dr David Walker has published an article titled 'Good Friendships among Children: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation' in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. Co-authored with Prof Randall Curren and Chantel Jones, the paper explores what aspects of moral virtue are significant in developing and maintaining friendships in children.


The abstract can be found below and the paper is available here and in the Centre's Library.

Abstract

Ethical dimensions of friendship have rarely been explicitly addressed as aspects of friendship quality in studies of children's peer relationships. This study identifies aspects of moral virtue significant for friendship, as a basis for empirically investigating the role of ethical qualities in children's friendship assessments and aspirations. We introduce a eudaimonic conception of friendship quality, identify aspects of moral virtue foundational to such quality, review and contest some grounds on which children have been regarded as not mature enough to have friendships that require virtue, and report a qualitative study of the friendship assessments and aspirations of children aged nine and ten (n = 83). In focus group sessions conducted in ten schools across Great Britain, moral qualities figured prominently in children's assessments of friendship quality. The findings provide evidence of children having friendships exhibiting mutual respect, support, and valuing of each other's good character.

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Jubilee Centre Partner Publishes ‘My Character and Values’ Report

10/02/16

UNICEF Montenegro and the Bureau of Education in Montenegro have published the ‘My Character and Values’ research report on the ‘Role of Schools in Developing Students’ Character, Values and Skills’. The report focuses on the work developed in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, drawing upon the expertise and resources from the Centre. Director of Partnerships, Dr Sandra Cooke, and Teaching Fellow in the Centre, Michael Fullard, will be attending the launch of the report and presenting their reflections on the on-going partnership later this month. This follows an extended collaboration between the Centre and parties in Montenegro, which has included presentations by Centre staff to practitioners, diplomats and government personnel in Podgorica, and a visit of UNICEF and Bureau of Education staff to the Centre to participate in training on the delivery of character education. Details about the presentation by Centre Manager Aidan Thompson in October 2015 can be found here

The report is available to download here.

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Dr Sandra Cooke Presents 'The Good Teacher' Research at Kings College

10/02/16

On 8th February 2016, Dr Sandra Cooke was invited to present the findings from The Good Teacher: Understanding Virtues in Practice research at a Centre for Public Policy Research seminar in the Education and Professional Studies Department, Kings College, London. In her presentation, Sandra explained how an Aristotelian understanding of virtue and phronesis helps to illuminate the ethically significant work that teachers undertake in their daily working lives.  

 

Her presentation is available here

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Centre Professor Delivers Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

09/02/16

On 27th January 2016, Professor Robert C. Roberts delivered a lecture, titled ‘The Nature of Humility: Three Proposals’, to mark his inauguration as Professor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.  The lecture formed part of a day conference on virtue where Andrew Pinsent, Research Director at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, also spoke. His talk was titled ‘Epistemic Humility and Insight: Escaping the Snow Queen’s Palace.’ Prof. Roberts’ paper is available to read here.

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Director of Education Delivers Keynote Address at Future Ready Conference

09/02/16

The Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, gave a keynote address at the School North East Future Ready conference held in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday 4th February.  The presentation demonstrated how character education theory and research can be successfully implemented in schools by teachers and is fundamental to young people being prepared for their futures.  The address focused in particular on applied approaches to character education – including how character might be taught discreetly, as well as through and within other subjects.  In the afternoon Tom also ran a workshop for primary school teachers focusing on teaching character through stories, and in particular, the Knightly Virtues and Thank You Letter Awards

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Dr Tom Harrison Speaks at Liberal Democrat Education Association Conference

09/02/16

Dr Tom Harrison gave a presentation entitled Character Education Theory and Practice at the Liberal Democrats Education Association (LDEA) conference.  The conference was entitled ‘Education for Real Life’ – and explored key themes relating to a fuller conception of education, including character education and wellbeing.   Tom’s presentation made the case for character education and explained why civic, moral, performance and intellectual virtues are the basis for individual and societal flourishing.  The presentation explained why virtue ethics provides a strong theoretical foundation for approaches to character education.  The LDEA intend to use the findings from the conference to inform their future policies on the theme. 

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Centre Director Attends Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House

09/02/16

On 5th February 2016, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, attended the Advisory Council meeting of Step Up To Serve, held at Clarence House. As Royal Patron to the #iwill campaign, HRH The Prince of Wales chaired the meeting, where the Jubilee Centre's #iwill ambassadors brochure and Transforming Young People and Communities publication were presented.

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Centre Research Replicated and Reported to Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan

04/02/16

The Centre's Character Education in UK Schools research study was replicated in 21 schools in Taiwan, involving 1,500 junior high school students and 41 teachers. Results were recently reported to the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology by Associate Professor Yen-Hsin Chen, Department of Education, National Taichung University of Education. The official report describes relatively high scores on moral dilemma tests for the Taiwanese sample. This important collaboration between Taiwan and the Jubilee Centre will continue in autumn 2016, when Dr David Walker visits Taiwan at the invitation of the government, to talk to universities and schools about character education.

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Centre Hosts Educational Philosopher Bruce Maxwell as Visiting Scholar

01/02/16

The Centre is delighted to have welcomed Bruce Maxwell, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Quebec, Trois-Rivières, as a Visiting Scholar during January 2016.  As an educational theorist, Bruce's main research interests and writings focus on professional ethics and professional ethics education, moral development and education, and ethical and policy issues in education. He is the author of the book Professional Ethics Education: Studies in Compassionate Empathy (Springer, 2008) and teaches professional ethics in education.  During his time at the Centre, Bruce found the opportunity to meet with researchers and discuss projects, and also gave a seminar titled 'Professional Ethics Education for Future Teachers: overview of a research programme' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series.


The presentation can be found here.

 

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Deputy Director Presents at Interdisciplinary Conference on Wellbeing in France

01/02/16

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper entitled 'Flourishing as the Aim of Education' and introduced the work of the Jubilee Centre at a conference in Marseille, France, on 28th-30th January 2016. The title of the conference was 'Interdisciplinary challenges in wellbeing research: Definitions and methods' and it was organised by the Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales:

http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/evenement/interdisciplinary-challenges-wellbeing-research-definitions-and-methods-0

Prof. Kristjánsson's abstract is available here.

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Centre Director Speaks at APPG on Religious Education

20/01/16

On Tuesday 19th January, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, spoke as an invited panellist at an event organised by the APPG on Religious Education held at the House of Commons.  The event focussed on the debate around combatting extremism and promoting community cohesion through the teaching of religious education.  Prof. Arthur emphasised the critical role of character education and the importance of teaching moral and civic virtues in schools.  His speech highlighted the character of teachers themselves as the most significant factor to the character development of students. Speakers also included Ron Skelton, Head of Broadway Academy in Birmingham, Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, Dr. Marius Felderhof from the University of Birmingham and David Hampshire, Chair of the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education. 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Howard Curzer as Distinguished Visiting Professor

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have welcomed Prof. Howard Curzer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, as the first Distinguished Visiting Professor of 2016. Prof. Curzer visited the Centre from 11th-15th January and during this time delivered a presentation titled 'Teeny Tiny Bits of Virtue' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series. The presentation can be viewed here.  Prof. Curzer is the author of Aristotle and the Virtues (OUP, 2012), and the editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth, 1999). He has published articles on ancient philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, the Confucian tradition, moral development, research ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of care. 

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Professor Steve Thoma Named Distinguished Research Professor

18/01/16

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has named Dr. Steve Thoma, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alabama, and Professor of Moral Psychology and Psychometrics at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, a University Distinguished Research Professor.  The title recognises Prof. Thoma's international achievements and scholarly contributions within the field of moral psychology. Prof. Thoma is internationally known for his research and in particular, for his work in developing and validating new measures in the social/moral domain.  The Jubilee Centre would like to extend its congratulations to Prof. Thoma.  Find out more here.

 

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Deputy Director Joins Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council

18/01/16

The Centre's Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, has been elected to be a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council. The Royal Institute of Philosophy, also a partner of the Jubilee Centre, is an institute dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organisation and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical. Find out more about the Institute here.

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Centre Appoints Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow. Lord O'Shaughnessy is Founder and Director of Floreat Education, and Director of Mayforth Consulting, where he has lead several projects aimed at reforming publicly-funded schooling in the UK.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Romania

18/01/16

Prof. David Carr gave an invited keynote address to the Coimbra High Level Policy Seminar on Education entitled 'A Tradition of Innovation' at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, in Iasi, Romania. Taking place in October 2015, the conference was concerned with issues of university education and attended by top level university leaders and managers from all over Europe and the middle east. Prof. Carr spoke about the significance and relevance of Jubilee Centre work on character and virtue to higher education in general and to the university education of students for a wide variety of professions and vocations in particular.  Prof. Carr's presentation is available here.

 

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Dr Tom Harrison Publishes in Ethics and Information Technology Journal

15/01/16

Dr Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre, has published an article titled 'Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullying' in Ethics and Information Technology.

The abstract for the article can be found below. The full article can be accessed here.

This article draws on a study investigating how 11–14 year olds growing up in England understand cyber-bullying as a moral concern. Three prominent moral theories: deontology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics, informed the development of a semi-structured interview schedule which enabled young people, in their own words, to describe their experiences of online and offline bullying. Sixty 11–14 year olds from six schools across England were involved with the research. Themes emerging from the interviews included anonymity; the absence of rules, monitoring and guidance and, the challenges associated with determining the consequences of online actions. The findings demonstrate the advantages of adopting a character-based moral theory to compliment rules and/or consequence based moral theories as the basis for future research into cyber-bullying. The findings evoke some wider implications for future research into cyber-bullying that might equally be applied to investigations into other Internet related moral concerns.

 

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology.

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Dr Tom Harrison Writes for The Conversation

12/01/16

In a piece for The Conversation, Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, explores different approaches to teaching British values in schools.  Drawing on feedback he has received from teachers following new education policy for teaching such values, Tom suggests a new approach which encompasses what he calls 'universal virtues' and is delivered through the growing field of character education.  The article, titled 'Why British values should be folded into character education', is available to view here.

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Centre Holds 4th Annual Conference 'Cultivating Virtues' at Oriel College

11/01/16

The 4th annual conference of the Jubilee Centre, entitled 'Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches', was held at Oriel College, Oxford, on 7th - 9th January 2016. The conference welcomed 120 delegates from all over the world with many of the most distinguished authorities in the field attending. The theme enabled room for delegates to explore and challenge recent virtue-based attempts to cultivate character in the classroom and among the professions, as well as offering theoretical insights into the very nature of virtue and character itself. The key note speeches by Prof. James Hunter, Prof. Daniel Russell, Michael Roden, Head of the University of Birmingham School, and Prof. Elizabeth Campbell were particularly well received. The success of the conference, both in terms of organisation and academic quality, could be seen in the facilitation of vibrant discussions around the topic and many delegates expressed an interest in extending these discussions thereafter. The presentations from the conference, including key note speeches, are available in full here.

 

A summary report, written by Andrew Peterson, Professor Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, is available to view here,

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Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine Published

04/01/16

The Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine 2015. Following the Jubilee Awards for Service and Jubilee Youth Awards ceremonies, held at the House of Lords in July 2015, an eMagazine has been produced which gives biographies of the winners. Details of the Jubilee Awards for Service can be found on the project page, and the Jubilee Youth Awards, run in partnership with Step Up to Serve #iwill campaign can be found here.

The Awards emagazine can be accessed here.

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Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine Published

23/12/15

Following ceremonies in Birmingham and Glasgow in Summer 2015, the Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine. The magazine details the winning films, with links to watch each winning film on the Jubilee Centre YouTube Channel. The Thank You Film Awards ran between 2012-2015 as a national programme that asked young people to make a film based on ‘gratitude’. The project explored what young people are grateful for, who young people are grateful to and their understanding of gratitude. Young people between the ages of 5 and 16, predominantly in schools and youth organisations across the UK, were asked to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way. The e-magazine and a report analysing the content of some of the films is available here

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Professor Robert C. Roberts Publishes Chapter on Humility

12/02/16

Prof. Robert C. Roberts has published a chapter titled 'Learning Intellectual Humility' in the new edited volume 'Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology' by Jason Baehr. Prof. Roberts presented this chapter at the Centre's 4th annual conference 'Cultivating Virtues' in January 2016.  You can view the edited volume at this page.

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Centre Senior Fellow Hosts Secretary of State at Character Symposium

11/02/16

On Thursday 21st January 2016, Jubilee Centre Senior Fellow, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, hosted the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, at the Department for Education’s symposium on character.  The symposium took place at Floreat Wandsworth Primary School, which was officially opened by the Secretary of State as part of the event. 

Following opening remarks by Lord O’Shaughnessy, in which he highlighted the need for children to flourish and be able to experience joy in education, a speech by the Secretary of State made reference to Floreat Education, and the University of Birmingham School, for their commitment to character education.  The full speech can be found here. 

You can watch an interview with Lord O’Shaughnessy and the Secretary of State for Education here.

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Dr David Walker Publishes on Moral Virtue in Friendship

10/02/16

Dr David Walker has published an article titled 'Good Friendships among Children: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation' in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. Co-authored with Prof Randall Curren and Chantel Jones, the paper explores what aspects of moral virtue are significant in developing and maintaining friendships in children.


The abstract can be found below and the paper is available here and in the Centre's Library.

Abstract

Ethical dimensions of friendship have rarely been explicitly addressed as aspects of friendship quality in studies of children's peer relationships. This study identifies aspects of moral virtue significant for friendship, as a basis for empirically investigating the role of ethical qualities in children's friendship assessments and aspirations. We introduce a eudaimonic conception of friendship quality, identify aspects of moral virtue foundational to such quality, review and contest some grounds on which children have been regarded as not mature enough to have friendships that require virtue, and report a qualitative study of the friendship assessments and aspirations of children aged nine and ten (n = 83). In focus group sessions conducted in ten schools across Great Britain, moral qualities figured prominently in children's assessments of friendship quality. The findings provide evidence of children having friendships exhibiting mutual respect, support, and valuing of each other's good character.

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Jubilee Centre Partner Publishes ‘My Character and Values’ Report

10/02/16

UNICEF Montenegro and the Bureau of Education in Montenegro have published the ‘My Character and Values’ research report on the ‘Role of Schools in Developing Students’ Character, Values and Skills’. The report focuses on the work developed in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, drawing upon the expertise and resources from the Centre. Director of Partnerships, Dr Sandra Cooke, and Teaching Fellow in the Centre, Michael Fullard, will be attending the launch of the report and presenting their reflections on the on-going partnership later this month. This follows an extended collaboration between the Centre and parties in Montenegro, which has included presentations by Centre staff to practitioners, diplomats and government personnel in Podgorica, and a visit of UNICEF and Bureau of Education staff to the Centre to participate in training on the delivery of character education. Details about the presentation by Centre Manager Aidan Thompson in October 2015 can be found here

The report is available to download here.

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Dr Sandra Cooke Presents 'The Good Teacher' Research at Kings College

10/02/16

On 8th February 2016, Dr Sandra Cooke was invited to present the findings from The Good Teacher: Understanding Virtues in Practice research at a Centre for Public Policy Research seminar in the Education and Professional Studies Department, Kings College, London. In her presentation, Sandra explained how an Aristotelian understanding of virtue and phronesis helps to illuminate the ethically significant work that teachers undertake in their daily working lives.  

 

Her presentation is available here

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Centre Professor Delivers Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

09/02/16

On 27th January 2016, Professor Robert C. Roberts delivered a lecture, titled ‘The Nature of Humility: Three Proposals’, to mark his inauguration as Professor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.  The lecture formed part of a day conference on virtue where Andrew Pinsent, Research Director at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, also spoke. His talk was titled ‘Epistemic Humility and Insight: Escaping the Snow Queen’s Palace.’ Prof. Roberts’ paper is available to read here.

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Director of Education Delivers Keynote Address at Future Ready Conference

09/02/16

The Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, gave a keynote address at the School North East Future Ready conference held in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday 4th February.  The presentation demonstrated how character education theory and research can be successfully implemented in schools by teachers and is fundamental to young people being prepared for their futures.  The address focused in particular on applied approaches to character education – including how character might be taught discreetly, as well as through and within other subjects.  In the afternoon Tom also ran a workshop for primary school teachers focusing on teaching character through stories, and in particular, the Knightly Virtues and Thank You Letter Awards

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Dr Tom Harrison Speaks at Liberal Democrat Education Association Conference

09/02/16

Dr Tom Harrison gave a presentation entitled Character Education Theory and Practice at the Liberal Democrats Education Association (LDEA) conference.  The conference was entitled ‘Education for Real Life’ – and explored key themes relating to a fuller conception of education, including character education and wellbeing.   Tom’s presentation made the case for character education and explained why civic, moral, performance and intellectual virtues are the basis for individual and societal flourishing.  The presentation explained why virtue ethics provides a strong theoretical foundation for approaches to character education.  The LDEA intend to use the findings from the conference to inform their future policies on the theme. 

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Centre Director Attends Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House

09/02/16

On 5th February 2016, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, attended the Advisory Council meeting of Step Up To Serve, held at Clarence House. As Royal Patron to the #iwill campaign, HRH The Prince of Wales chaired the meeting, where the Jubilee Centre's #iwill ambassadors brochure and Transforming Young People and Communities publication were presented.

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Centre Research Replicated and Reported to Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan

04/02/16

The Centre's Character Education in UK Schools research study was replicated in 21 schools in Taiwan, involving 1,500 junior high school students and 41 teachers. Results were recently reported to the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology by Associate Professor Yen-Hsin Chen, Department of Education, National Taichung University of Education. The official report describes relatively high scores on moral dilemma tests for the Taiwanese sample. This important collaboration between Taiwan and the Jubilee Centre will continue in autumn 2016, when Dr David Walker visits Taiwan at the invitation of the government, to talk to universities and schools about character education.

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Centre Hosts Educational Philosopher Bruce Maxwell as Visiting Scholar

01/02/16

The Centre is delighted to have welcomed Bruce Maxwell, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Quebec, Trois-Rivières, as a Visiting Scholar during January 2016.  As an educational theorist, Bruce's main research interests and writings focus on professional ethics and professional ethics education, moral development and education, and ethical and policy issues in education. He is the author of the book Professional Ethics Education: Studies in Compassionate Empathy (Springer, 2008) and teaches professional ethics in education.  During his time at the Centre, Bruce found the opportunity to meet with researchers and discuss projects, and also gave a seminar titled 'Professional Ethics Education for Future Teachers: overview of a research programme' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series.


The presentation can be found here.

 

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Deputy Director Presents at Interdisciplinary Conference on Wellbeing in France

01/02/16

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson presented a paper entitled 'Flourishing as the Aim of Education' and introduced the work of the Jubilee Centre at a conference in Marseille, France, on 28th-30th January 2016. The title of the conference was 'Interdisciplinary challenges in wellbeing research: Definitions and methods' and it was organised by the Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales:

http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/evenement/interdisciplinary-challenges-wellbeing-research-definitions-and-methods-0

Prof. Kristjánsson's abstract is available here.

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Centre Director Speaks at APPG on Religious Education

20/01/16

On Tuesday 19th January, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, spoke as an invited panellist at an event organised by the APPG on Religious Education held at the House of Commons.  The event focussed on the debate around combatting extremism and promoting community cohesion through the teaching of religious education.  Prof. Arthur emphasised the critical role of character education and the importance of teaching moral and civic virtues in schools.  His speech highlighted the character of teachers themselves as the most significant factor to the character development of students. Speakers also included Ron Skelton, Head of Broadway Academy in Birmingham, Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, Dr. Marius Felderhof from the University of Birmingham and David Hampshire, Chair of the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education. 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Howard Curzer as Distinguished Visiting Professor

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to have welcomed Prof. Howard Curzer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, as the first Distinguished Visiting Professor of 2016. Prof. Curzer visited the Centre from 11th-15th January and during this time delivered a presentation titled 'Teeny Tiny Bits of Virtue' as part of the Centre's bi-weekly seminar series. The presentation can be viewed here.  Prof. Curzer is the author of Aristotle and the Virtues (OUP, 2012), and the editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Problems (Wadsworth, 1999). He has published articles on ancient philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, the Confucian tradition, moral development, research ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of care. 

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Professor Steve Thoma Named Distinguished Research Professor

18/01/16

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has named Dr. Steve Thoma, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alabama, and Professor of Moral Psychology and Psychometrics at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, a University Distinguished Research Professor.  The title recognises Prof. Thoma's international achievements and scholarly contributions within the field of moral psychology. Prof. Thoma is internationally known for his research and in particular, for his work in developing and validating new measures in the social/moral domain.  The Jubilee Centre would like to extend its congratulations to Prof. Thoma.  Find out more here.

 

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Deputy Director Joins Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council

18/01/16

The Centre's Deputy Director, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, has been elected to be a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Council. The Royal Institute of Philosophy, also a partner of the Jubilee Centre, is an institute dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organisation and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical. Find out more about the Institute here.

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Centre Appoints Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow

18/01/16

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord James O'Shaughnessy as Senior Fellow. Lord O'Shaughnessy is Founder and Director of Floreat Education, and Director of Mayforth Consulting, where he has lead several projects aimed at reforming publicly-funded schooling in the UK.

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Professor David Carr Presents in Romania

18/01/16

Prof. David Carr gave an invited keynote address to the Coimbra High Level Policy Seminar on Education entitled 'A Tradition of Innovation' at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, in Iasi, Romania. Taking place in October 2015, the conference was concerned with issues of university education and attended by top level university leaders and managers from all over Europe and the middle east. Prof. Carr spoke about the significance and relevance of Jubilee Centre work on character and virtue to higher education in general and to the university education of students for a wide variety of professions and vocations in particular.  Prof. Carr's presentation is available here.

 

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Dr Tom Harrison Publishes in Ethics and Information Technology Journal

15/01/16

Dr Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre, has published an article titled 'Virtuous reality: moral theory and research into cyber-bullying' in Ethics and Information Technology.

The abstract for the article can be found below. The full article can be accessed here.

This article draws on a study investigating how 11–14 year olds growing up in England understand cyber-bullying as a moral concern. Three prominent moral theories: deontology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics, informed the development of a semi-structured interview schedule which enabled young people, in their own words, to describe their experiences of online and offline bullying. Sixty 11–14 year olds from six schools across England were involved with the research. Themes emerging from the interviews included anonymity; the absence of rules, monitoring and guidance and, the challenges associated with determining the consequences of online actions. The findings demonstrate the advantages of adopting a character-based moral theory to compliment rules and/or consequence based moral theories as the basis for future research into cyber-bullying. The findings evoke some wider implications for future research into cyber-bullying that might equally be applied to investigations into other Internet related moral concerns.

 

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology.

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Dr Tom Harrison Writes for The Conversation

12/01/16

In a piece for The Conversation, Director of Education, Dr Tom Harrison, explores different approaches to teaching British values in schools.  Drawing on feedback he has received from teachers following new education policy for teaching such values, Tom suggests a new approach which encompasses what he calls 'universal virtues' and is delivered through the growing field of character education.  The article, titled 'Why British values should be folded into character education', is available to view here.

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Centre Holds 4th Annual Conference 'Cultivating Virtues' at Oriel College

11/01/16

The 4th annual conference of the Jubilee Centre, entitled 'Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches', was held at Oriel College, Oxford, on 7th - 9th January 2016. The conference welcomed 120 delegates from all over the world with many of the most distinguished authorities in the field attending. The theme enabled room for delegates to explore and challenge recent virtue-based attempts to cultivate character in the classroom and among the professions, as well as offering theoretical insights into the very nature of virtue and character itself. The key note speeches by Prof. James Hunter, Prof. Daniel Russell, Michael Roden, Head of the University of Birmingham School, and Prof. Elizabeth Campbell were particularly well received. The success of the conference, both in terms of organisation and academic quality, could be seen in the facilitation of vibrant discussions around the topic and many delegates expressed an interest in extending these discussions thereafter. The presentations from the conference, including key note speeches, are available in full here.

 

A summary report, written by Andrew Peterson, Professor Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, is available to view here,

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Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine Published

04/01/16

The Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Jubilee Awards for Service eMagazine 2015. Following the Jubilee Awards for Service and Jubilee Youth Awards ceremonies, held at the House of Lords in July 2015, an eMagazine has been produced which gives biographies of the winners. Details of the Jubilee Awards for Service can be found on the project page, and the Jubilee Youth Awards, run in partnership with Step Up to Serve #iwill campaign can be found here.

The Awards emagazine can be accessed here.

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Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine Published

23/12/15

Following ceremonies in Birmingham and Glasgow in Summer 2015, the Jubilee Centre are delighted to publish the Thank You Film Awards e-Magazine. The magazine details the winning films, with links to watch each winning film on the Jubilee Centre YouTube Channel. The Thank You Film Awards ran between 2012-2015 as a national programme that asked young people to make a film based on ‘gratitude’. The project explored what young people are grateful for, who young people are grateful to and their understanding of gratitude. Young people between the ages of 5 and 16, predominantly in schools and youth organisations across the UK, were asked to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way. The e-magazine and a report analysing the content of some of the films is available here

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