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Research Fellow: Dr. Stephen Earl

Stephen joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in September 2017. Prior to joining the centre, Stephen worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kent investigating how student motivation influences academic attainment, engagement and well-being at university. His PhD research focused on secondary school education with young adolescents. Stephen also worked as a graduate teaching assistant and sessional lecturer in Sports Psychology and attained a PGCHE teaching qualification during his time at Kent. 

Stephen is currently working on the Practical Wisdom and Professional Practice: Integration and Intervention project.


Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4851


Room 1234
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

  • PhD, University of Kent – Thesis:  “The Role of Young Adolescents’ Psychological Needs at Secondary School: Applying Basic Psychological Needs Theory”.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Kent
  • MSc in Sport Management, University of Stirling
  • BSc in Sports Studies, University of Stirling 

Earl, S. R., Taylor, I. M., Meijen, C., & Passfield, L. (2017). Autonomy and competence frustration in young adolescent classrooms: Different associations with active and passive disengagement. Learning and Instruction, 49, 32-40.