Dr David Walker and Dr Wouter Sanderse, both Research Fellows at the Centre, attended the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education (AME) in Pasadena, California on 6 – 8 November 2014. Participants came from almost 25 different countries, from many different disciplinary backgrounds, to present and discuss cutting edge research, theory and philosophy concerned with moral education.
Dr Walker delivered a paper entitled: ‘Three perspectives on the Virtues of Courage, Honesty and Self-discipline among UK School Children’. The paper is based on one of the Centre's flagship projects, Character Education in UK Schools, and sets out first findings relating to over 4,000 pupils aged 14 and 15 in 31 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Dr Sanderse's paper was titled 'Aristotelian Virtue Ethics and Character Education' and investigated what Aristotelian virtue ethics can illuminate about what it means to cultivate children's character and virtue. Dr Sanderse also collected the Kuhmerker Dissertation Award at the conference for his PhD thesis 'Character Education: A Neo-Aristotelian Approach to the Philosophy, Psychology and Education of Virtue'.