Habituation and Virtue Practices

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    What you can do practically to help your students grow in character and virtue? What tools are available to you as you seek to put character education into practice?  There is no one single magic and radical andragogical method that will change the character of your students.  But there are some practices, such as habituation, that can produce radical and long lasting change.

    Habituation and Virtue Practices is the fourth 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 practical guidelines and strategies to form virtuous character in theology students.  

    After a short selection of readings from the textbook, you will engage designing, enacting and evaluating a habituation plan for yourself.  This experience will be invaluable as you consider facilitating similar growth processes with your students. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course will enable you to design and delivery character and virtue education outcomes in your theological curriculum.

    Course content

    • The temptations of practice
    • Can virtue be taught?
    • Comenius as a model of practice
    • Other practical models
    • Practical components to consider
    • Understanding habituation
    • Practicing habituation
    • Other andragogical practices for character and virtue education
    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 and then engage in designing, enacting and evaluating a habituation plan for yourself. 

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