Virtue Ethics in Teacher Education

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This chapter provides insight into why a focus on character and virtue is required to enhance current approaches to teaching and teacher education. It prioritises the moral theory of virtue ethics; arguing it should be central to our understanding of teachers as professionals. Focussing primarily on practice in the UK, arguments are made for the need to (re)align teacher education, with a focus on core virtues associated with being a good and wise teacher. The chapter concludes by providing theoretical and practical arguments alongside examples, that can be applied internationally, about how such a vision can be achieved through a focus on the neo-Aristotelian concepts of flourishing, virtue and practical wisdom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Character Teacher Education Virtue Ethics


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