Centre Director and Director of Development Publish Paper on Virtue Literacy 2nd November 2015 Academic Publications

Professor James Arthur (Centre Director), Dr Tom Harrison (Director of Development) and Dr Ian Davison (Lecturer in the School of Education), have published a paper titled Levels of virtue literacy in Catholic, Church of England and non-faith schools in England: a research report.  The paper explores in more depth the quasi experimental trial conducted as part of the Knightly Virtues project and focusses on any differences in virtue literacy levels among children attending Catholic, non-faith and Church of England schools.

The full article can be accessed here and an abstract can be found below:

This article reports on an innovative empirical research project, using a quasi-experimental trial, in which 9–11-year-olds learned about character and virtues through the exploration of four classic stories. The overall aim of the programme was to enhance virtue literacy. Virtue literacy is defined as the knowledge, understanding and application of virtue language and is viewed as being integral to the development of character. The research assessed the impact of the programme on pupils attending faith and non-faith schools across England. The research findings provide substantial empirical evidence for the effectiveness of using stories to develop moral character. Children attending Catholic schools had significantly higher scores in the trials pre-test indicating that they had a better developed initial grasp of virtue language and concepts, and therefore virtue literacy, compared to the pupils from non-faith and Church of England schools.


The Knightly Virtues research report can be accessed here, and resources are available to use here.

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