Research Methods in Character Education (20 credits)
This module will teach you how to evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to contribute to character education through the demonstration of original thinking in teaching and learning. We will discuss the various research methods available to researchers and explain alongside about the ethical implications and challenges associated with researching character in education, with a strong focus on issues of reliability and validity in research.
Theories of Character, Virtue and Flourishing (20 credits)
The Theories of Character, Virtues and Flourishing module will explain how key theories from the fields of psychology, philosophy and education, inform, planning, administration, policy and professional practice – including a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in the field.
History and Politics of Character Education (20 credits)
This Module starts with a consideration of the historical development of character education and you will gain an understanding how character education has been delivered in and out of schools and what form this schooling has taken. The politics of character education (both UK and international) will be examined during the second half of the Module and an in depth investigation of current character education policy in the UK will be used as a case study to consider how the subject is shaped by government priorities. Comparisons will be made with other countries who have adopted character as a central plank of their educational policy.
Character Education Interventions in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
This module looks at the practical implications of character education, drawing and building on the theory learnt in previous Modules. You will learn about how character education can be implemented in various educational settings, including schools and community organisations. It will give you the ability to analyse data, synthesise information and apply critical thinking to develop your own relevant interventions and tools to create a culture and ethos designed to enhance good character.
Character Education Leadership in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
This module examines the role of leaders in developing character education in schools and other organisations. It covers positive organisational theory, and both leadership theory and practice with a specific focus on making decisions that bring about change in schools.
Units in the Module will focus on the following themes:
- creating a values-led schools and / or organisation;
- leading staff;
- implementing taught and caught approaches to character education; and,
Throughout the Module the challenges of implementing and leading character education programmes are examined and critically debated.
The Virtuous Practitioner (20 credits)
The responsibilities of teachers and other educators working with children and young people will be examined throughout this Module.
The central question that this Module will be framed around is: what does it mean to be a virtuous professional? Drawing on research (both theoretical and empirical) into the character virtues of teachers (as well as other professionals) this Module will consider the moral responsibilities of teachers. Throughout the Module, you will consider both initial and continuing professional development (CPD) teacher education.
Important themes explored include:
- the professional versus personal virtues of teachers;
- ethical dilemmas;
- emotional labour and the danger of burn-out;
- practical wisdom; role-modelling; and self-reflection.
A 15,000 word dissertation on a topic related to character education and likely to have been covered in one of the taught modules.