• Manuels Fernandezs University of Latvia



character, character education, mainstream schools, virtue, virtue ethics


At present, youngsters’ character and virtue education issues are widely discussed in Latvia and in English-speaking academic environment. Given the existing criticism of these concepts, the research question was: what are the main misunderstandings about the nature of character and virtue education? After clarifying the neo-Aristotelian understanding of these concepts, recent research in the field of character education and virtues is presented for deconstructing some of the myths related to it, due to conceptual, historical, moral and political misunderstandings (Kristjánsson, 2013). Real problems (historical, methodological and practical) faced by character education programs in mainstream schools are addressed. The importance of giving personal significance to eudaimonia for promoting character and virtue education at school is discussed.


Author Biography

  • Manuels Fernandezs, University of Latvia
    MANUEL JOAQUÍN FERNÁNDEZ GONZÁLEZ is a leading researcher and postdoctoral student at the Institute of Pedagogical Sciences (IPS) of the Department of Pedagogy, pSychology and Arts of the University of Latvia (LU). Doctor of pedagogy (UL, 2012), elected expert at the Latvian Council of Science, elected member of network “Leadership and quality of education”. His research interests encompass character education and virtue ethics, professional identity, pedagogical leadership and music instrument pedagogy. Profile URL:


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