Virtue, Practical Wisdom & Professional Education

by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues


The Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Professional Education research report was published on 8th December 2017.

The report describes the methods employed in developing, implementing, and piloting a new online intervention, entitled Character in the Professions, which was designed to introduce the concepts of character, virtue, and practical wisdom (phronesis) to student lawyers, doctors, and teachers, to encourage them to develop a better understanding of what it means to ‘serve’ others in the course of their professional lives.

The primary aim of the research was to consider how professional education interventions on character might be implemented. The research also sought to explore the likely impact of the interventions on participants’ understanding of character and their ability to reflect upon the appropriate application of the virtues.

Summary of Key Findings

Participation in the interventions resulted in students developing their Virtue Knowledge and Understanding and became more familiar with the theory of virtue ethics;

Medical students developed their Virtue Reasoning during the intervention and were more likely to give character-based, as opposed to rules- and/or consequence based, reasons for responding in a certain way to an ethical dilemma;

Participating students and tutors found the intervention to be of high quality and of relevant content that complemented existing programmes of study.

Read the article: The Jubilee Center for Character & Virtue. (2017, December 8). Virtue, practical wisdom and professional education. Retrieved from

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