Lessons in character education: Incorporating neoliberal learning in classroom resources

Jerome, Lee ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0278-6986 and Kisby, Ben (2020) Lessons in character education: Incorporating neoliberal learning in classroom resources. Critical Studies in Education . ISSN 1750-8487 (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/17508487.2020.1733037)

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This article examines a number of teaching resources produced by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the leading centre for character education in the UK, in the light of the claim advanced by Kristján Kristjánsson, the centre’s deputy director, that various criticisms of character education are best regarded as ‘myths’. The analysis provided in this article highlights significant shortcomings with these teaching resources, suggesting that far from being mythical, concerns about character and virtue being unclear, redundant, old fashioned, essentially religious, paternalistic, anti-democratic, anti-intellectual, conservative, individualistic, and relative, would seem, at least in the resources produced by the centre at which Kristjánsson works, to be very well-founded.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Character education, moral education, citizenship education, individualism, neoliberalism, teaching resources, virtues
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 29494
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies in Education on 25/02/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17508487.2020.1733037
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Depositing User: Lee Jerome
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 11:11
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 12:25
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29494

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