Education, Autonomy, and Human Flourishing

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL It is widely agreed that the ultimate aim both of education and of life is to flourish. The question of what it means to lead a flourishing life is among philosophy’s perennial questions and it underpins the field of contemporary educational research known as ‘character education’. The Jubilee Centre for Character […]

How to Avoid Educational Neuroscientism

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL The greatest problem facing educational neuroscience and psychology is crossing the bridge between theory and practice: how to move from scientific evidence to its practical application in education. Crossing this bridge too hastily leaves educational neuroscience and psychology open to the accusation of ‘scientism’: excessive belief in the power or value […]

What is creativity and what makes a creative thinker?

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL What is creativity and what makes a creative thinker? These were two of the main questions addressed yesterday in the second colloquium in this year’s CIRL colloquia series, given by Bill Lucas, Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. This post discusses […]

Where Education’s Civic Aims meet its Epistemic Aims

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Among the aims of education are civic aims: developing character traits, such as civility and neighbourliness, that enable students to become responsible, engaged citizens, able to contribute to the common good of society. These can be developed through activities such as volunteering, service and community engagement.[1] The civic aims of education, […]

Happiness as the Aim of Education

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Just over a week ago, an early Renaissance painting by the Florentine painter Cimabue set a new record as the most expensive medieval painting ever sold, fetching over €24 million at an auction in Actéon in Senlis, north of Paris. Cimabue’s 13th-century Christ Mocked was recently discovered hanging above the hot […]

The Importance of Independent Learning Skills

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL When does education happen? This was one of the thought-provoking questions Alexander Armstrong raised in his talk at the IBSC ‘Challenging Boys’ Conference at Windsor Boys’ School on Friday. Armstrong raised this question in response to a question during the discussion with the audience, about Armstrong’s claim, during his talk, that […]

The Role of Wonder in Education

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Yesterday, CIRL inaugurated its colloquia series, where we invite leading experts in education to speak on important themes in teaching and learning. Our first speaker was educator and author Ian Warwick, whose most recent book, Learning with Leonardo: Unfinished Perfection (John Catt, 2019), co-written with Ray Speakman, offers a study of […]

Resilience and its Importance in Character Education

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL 1 October 2019 Resilience has become one of the most discussed character traits in the media in recent years. Popular psychology and self-development articles, podcasts and videos on the topic abound.[1] It has also become a hot topic in education. Resilience has become a staple part of character education programmes offered […]

The Role of Critical Thinking in Values Education

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL 24 September 2019 It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values. … It is also vital to a valuable education that independent critical thinking be developed in the young human being…  Albert Einstein, ‘Education for Independent Thought’ (1952)[1] How should we teach values? This […]