About the course

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. 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.

What you will learn

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

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 projects 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.