Jason Metcalfe

Jason Metcalfe

School of Education
Research Associate

Contact details

Address
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
School of Education
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Jason joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in September 2017 as a Research Associate. He works on the RE Teachers and Character project. Since the publication of the research report, he assists the Parents-Teacher project and the Phronesis project.

Prior to joining the Centre, Jason worked in Birmingham and Solihull secondary schools as a teacher of religious education, history and geography. In his previous role, Jason also held the position of PSHE co-ordinator. In this position he was responsible for creating and implementing a PSHE programme, focussed on the development of virtues in pupils, across all of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 form groups.

Jason’s Master’s Degree examined the impact that the Solihull locally agreed syllabus for religious education had on pupils’ perceptions of virtues. He is currently writing his PhD thesis, focussed on religious education in England and Wales. His thesis empirically investigates whether there is an aim of teaching moral virtues through religious education in non-faith schools, and the impact RE has on pupils’ character development.

Qualifications

  • PhD (in progress) in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. 2017– 2021.
  • MA in Teaching Studies, (with Distinction), University of Birmingham. 2017.
  • Statutory Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers, National College for Teaching & Leadership.  2016.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education with Qualified Teacher Status, specialising in the subject of Religious Education, (PGDipEd with QTS) University of Birmingham. 2015.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy, (2:1), University of Hull. 2014.

Research

Jason works on the Religious Education Teachers and Character project. Since the completion of the research report, he assists on the Parents-Teacher Partnerships project and Phronesis project. Jason is also currently undertaking his PhD thesis, which focuses on whether the teaching of moral virtues is seen as a fundamental aim of the subject of religious education in England and Wales.

His research interests centre around religion, religious education and character.

 

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Metcalfe, J 2020, 'Insights from a report into subject teachers’ visions for RE and character education' RE Today, vol. 37, no. 3.

Metcalfe, J & Moulin-Stozek, D 2020, 'Religious education teachers' perspectives on character education', British Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2020.1713049

Moulin-Stozek, D & Metcalfe, J 2018, 'Mapping the moral assumptions of multi-faith religious education', British Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2018.1556605

Moulin-Stozek, D & Metcalfe, J 2018, 'Research update: understanding the lives of religious educators' RE Today, vol. 36, no. 2. <https://shop.retoday.org.uk/190103>

Book/Film/Article review

Metcalfe, J 2020, 'Challenges for Religious Education: Is There a Disconnect Between Faith and Reason?', British Journal of Educational Studies.

Metcalfe, J 2019, 'Fundamental British values in education: radicalisation, national identity and Britishness', British Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2019.1633130

Metcalfe, J 2018, 'We need to talk about religious education: manifestos for the future of RE', International Journal of Children's Spirituality, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 339-340. https://doi.org/10.1080/1364436X.2018.1490060

Commissioned report

Arthur, J, Moulin-Stozek, D, Metcalfe, J & Moller, F 2019, Religious Education Teachers and Character: Personal Beliefs and Professional Approaches. Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham., Birmingham. <https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/Research%20Reports/RE_Teachers_and_Character.pdf>

Discussion paper

Metcalfe, J 2019 'Research Briefing: Religious Education Teachers and Character' Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham.

Metcalfe, J 2019 'To What Extent Can Religious Education Help Shape Pupils' Practical Wisdom?' Insight Series, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham., pp. 1-12. <https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/insight-series/InsightSeries_ToWhatExtentCanRE_Final01.pdf>

Moulin-Stozek, D & Metcalfe, J 2019 'The Contribution of Religious Education to Pupils’ Character Development' Insight Series, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. <https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/insight-series/REProject_BP1_Final01.pdf>

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