Character, Phronesis and Professional Education

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This paper gives an account of the development, delivery and ongoing pilot of a new intervention designed to introduce the concepts of character, virtue and phronesis to lawyers, doctors and teachers. Evidence shows that members of these professions, and others, are not being sufficiently prepared to deal with the ethical dimensions of their practice and that pre and in service educational programmes typically spend little or no time on character and virtue-based approaches to professional ethical education. The paper describes a new approach to the education of professionals, which is founded on the building of moral character virtues and importantly the meta-virtue of phronesis. The intervention is being subjected to various forms of evaluation to determine; i) how might virtue-based ethical education be delivered to teachers, doctors and lawyers? ; and, ii) what influence do the pilot courses have on the doctors, teachers and lawyers who participate in them? Do they develop the virtue knowledge, reasoning and ideally the practice of the members of these professions? The paper will present some initial findings from the evaluation.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
EventThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues 5th Annual Conference - Oriel Colleg Oxford, Oxford
Duration: 5 Jan 20177 Jan 2017


ConferenceThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues 5th Annual Conference