This is a three year funded by the Templeton Foundation which began in March 2011.
Contact: Aidan Thompson
Tel: 0121 414 3602
Self-reflection on character can be stimulated by carefully-planned social interactions. Two new interventions, a social networking website and hard-copy journal, designed to enhance future-mindedness, are to be created, piloted, researched, and then scaled up. 700 young people, alongside experts from a variety of fields in the UK, will be recruited to support the development and piloting of the website and journal.
To be a success, the social networking site and journal, must entertain and engage young people; ultimately it must appeal to them. It is therefore the intention of the University of Birmingham to co-develop the website and journal alongside young people. Fifty young people will be invited to attend four “consultation and development days” and the ideas and expertise that come from these events will form the heart of the website design and content. The consultation days will be held at venues outside of school, and all costs to the young people to attend the events (food and transport) will be provided. The events will be interactive, where the young people will get the opportunity to work with experts in the fields of reflection, social networking and future mindedness in order to help consult on the look and content of the interventions. These young people will also be excellent ambassadors for the use of the website and journal.
The project will involve a number of members from the School of Education including Professor James Arthur, Tom Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org), Paul Edwards, Dr. Karen Guldberg, Professor Carole Torgerson and Dr. Ian Davison.