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Narnian Virtues Character Education research project

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Get Involved

The Narnian Virtues pilot project was generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation. We have subsequently received additional funding from the John Templeton Foundation to scale up the Narnian Virtues Character Education project and invite schools in the UK, North America and beyond. For those schools interested in participating, we can provide the curriculum materials for classes to work on one of the Narnia novels in the project (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ or The Magician’s Nephew) over 12 weeks, or to complete three of the novels and corresponding curricula over three years.

Cost and Commitments

The Narnian Virtues project is free to participating schools. We provide a teacher guide and curriculum pack, with selected extracts and activities for each of the selected novels. In return for providing the curriculum, we ask that participating schools administer pre- and post-curriculum questionnaires to all participating students (these will be provided), that teachers complete a questionnaire and that the project curriculum is followed faithfully. In this way, we will be able to evaluate the success of the project in meeting its aims for student character development and to assess the validity of using the Narnia novels of C. S. Lewis.

Some of the project materials for the novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Some of the project materials for the novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Participating in Languages other than English

The project material is provided in English but we welcome schools whose first language is not English. A significant benefit of using the Narnia novels of C. S. Lewis is their international success, with the Chronicles of Narnia published in 47 languages. Additional media such as the recent movies made from three of the novels may also help support participating classes whose first language is not English. If you would like further information regarding using our curriculum material, please do contact us.

Contact Us

If you are interested in participating in the Narnian Virtues Character Education project, would like further information about it, or would like to arrange an informal chat with Professor Mark Pike, lead investigator, please email m.pike@education.leeds.ac.uk

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