Focusing on Character

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    This short course aims to provide theological educators working with the European Nazarene College in Europe with a general introduction to the tradition of character education and its relationship with the aims, purposes and practices of theological education. 

    Particular attention will also be given to the possibilities and challenges of character education in an online delivery context. The course is suitable for faculty members who wish to implement elements of character education into their work with students, curriculum designers who would like to broaden the scope of what is being delivered, school leaders who are thinking strategically about how to best provide theological education in their contexts and accreditors who are considering accreditation standards. 

    This is an even-related course for faculty of the European Nazarene Church

    Course Outcomes

    Students completing this course will understand the historical tradition of character education and its relationship to theological education and will be equipped to reflect on their current practice as agents of change with particular reference to online education

    Course content
    • Tues 14- 15.30 – Introducing Character Education: the objectives of this session are to position the discourse on character education in theological education, define character education and distinguish from spiritual formation, consider a theoretical framework for character education and discuss where the Nazarene tradition of holiness fits with all this.
    • Tues 16-17.45 – Virtue and the Tradition of Character Education:  the objectives of this session are to explore definitions and examples of virtue, and to consider how virtue vocabulary can enhance your strategy for character education at EuNC.
    • Wed 9-10.30 – Failing at Character Education: the objectives of this session are to explore what failure in character education might look like, perform a self-assessment of your programmes at EuNC in this area, consider what circumstances make it difficult and what the consequences may be of failure.
    • Wed 11-12.30 – Character Education in Online Education: the objectives of this session are o unpack the particular nature and features of character education in an online delivery approach and strategies for implementation applied to courses offered by the EuNC.


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

    Delivery mode

    This is an event-related course held in conjunction with the EUNC Faculty Training in Lisbon, Portugal 5-8 February 2018.


    10 hours of learning (workshop attendance and followup)

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to attend the four workshops during the event, participate in two forums reflecting on practice and pass a quiz assessing your basic knowledge and understanding of character education as it relates to theological education.

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