Conference and Call for Papers: “Virtues, Vices, and Teaching” October 3-5, 2013

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Conference and Call for Papers: “Virtues, Vices, and Teaching”
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
October 3-5, 2013
Discussions of virtues and vices direct our attention away from rules and consequences and toward the role of character. The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning ( will host a conference in October 2013 on Virtues, Vices, and Teaching.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the implications of a focus on virtues and vices for the way Christian teaching and learning are approached. The scope of the conference is not restricted to moral education per se; papers are invited on topics that connect virtue/vice in general or specific virtues and vices with learning in any discipline or area of educational activity. Papers should focus on some aspect of pedagogy; both theoretical studies and accounts of practice are welcome. Questions that might be explored include, but are not restricted to, the following:

• What virtues and vices are evident in, or influence, our teaching and students’ learning?
• Can we teach virtues? Do we teach vices?
• How might a focus on virtues and vices help students in their vocation as Christian learners?
• How might a focus on virtues and vices affect our approach to curriculum and pedagogy?
• In what ways might the question of virtues and vices arise within the pedagogy of various disciplines?

Paper proposals of 1-2 pages, including 100-word abstracts‚ should be sent via e-mail to no later than May 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by June 3, 2013. Additional information is available under the Conferences section at
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Joel Carpenter, Director
Mary Bennett, Coordinator
Katie Robrahn, Dept Assistant
Seminars @ Calvin
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