Virtue: Sought, Caught and Taught

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    While it is fundamental to have a vision for character and virtue in theological education, it is not enough.  What can a theological institution actually do to start transforming the vision into reality?

    Virtue: Sought, Caught and Taught  is the second of a series of ICETE Academy nanocourses drawn from the academic epistolary novel Character and Virtue in Theological Education (by Marvin Oxenham).  The aim of the course is to provide an overall strategy for implementing character and virtue education in a theological institution which includes a strategic, communitarian and pedagogical dimension. 

    After a short selection of readings from the textbook, you will engage with examples of good practice (or otherwise) in your institution. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course will provide you with a general strategic plan to implement character and virtue education in your theological institution.

    Course content

    • Structuring a theological school for character
    • Building a community of character
    • Can character and virtue be taught?
    • Engaging evidence in practice

    Other courses in this series

    1. A Vision of Virtue (CVE-1)
    2. Virtue: Sought, Caught and Taught (CVE-2)
    3. Curriculum with Character (CVE-3)
    4. Habituation and Virtue Practices (CVE-4)
    5. Assessing Character and Virtue (CVE-5)
    6. Online Character Education - Really?  (CVE-6)


    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 is the author of Character and  Virtue in Theological Education from which this course is drawn.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    This is a nanocourse, entailing 2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to read a selection of short book chapters with introductory videos, share a reflection related to your own institution and complete a questionnaire. 

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