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What will you learn?

Character Education in the Classroom is a professional development course which consists of eight 30-minute talks which focus on the research on character education. The course aims to equip you with the necessary strategies to embed character education in the classroom and your school more broadly. The topics we look at cover several areas which have been proven to link to student well-being and educational attainment, such as creativity, motivation, self-efficacy, independent learning, among others. The talks are delivered by staff at the Tony Little Centre and experts in the fields of creativity and zest. They are followed by reflective questions which can help you set goals in how to practically apply what you have learnt in the course.

This free course is offered by the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College as part of Eton2020: A New Social Vision.

  • Self-paced
  • 100% online
  • Videos with experts from Eton College

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use theories and evidence-informed practices to increase student motivation
  • Foster social connectedness across the school
  • Use signature learning experiences to foster zest for learning
  • Embed creativity in teaching and learning
  • Foster academic resilience
  • Improve academic self-efficacy and self-confidence in students
  • Design school-wide interventions on character and how to assess their effectiveness

The topics:

  • Topic 1: Motivation Theories on increasing motivation and how they can be used in the classroom.
  • Topic 2: Social connectedness The importance of social connectedness and how it can be embedded across the school.
  • Topic 3: Zest for learning The concept of zest and what signature learning experiences can contribute towards fostering zest.
  • Topic 4: Creativity An overview of creativity and its definition across countries, including strategies to embed creativity in the classroom.
  • Topic 5: Academic resilience A definition of academic resilience and its link to academic success, and strategies which can foster it in the classroom.
  • Topic 6: Gratitude The importance of gratitude and how it can be practised successfully in school settings.
  • Topic 7: Self-efficacy and Self-confidence  The theory around self-efficacy and self-confidence, and strategies to foster them.
  • Topic 8: Assessing character education An outline of school practices for embedding character and how character interventions can be assessed.



Resilience, Leadership, Character Education and Wellbeing

Course director

Dr Iro Konstantinou is the Head of Research Programmes at the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College. She oversees the research projects at the centre, including on resilience, leadership, character education and wellbeing. She teaches research methods to undergraduate students and is currently researching skills development in undergraduate students. She has a PhD in Sociology and is the Editor of the Eton Journal for Innovation and Research in Education.

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