Director of Narnian Virtues Character Education Research Project Will Speak at ISR Event Tuesday

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Mark Pike (Courtesy photo)
March 31, 2017

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WACO, Texas (March 31, 2017) – Mark A. Pike, Ph.D., head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds will speak about the Narnian Virtues Character Research Project Tuesday, April 4.

Pike, director of the Narnian Virtues Character Research Project, will speak on the project, which helps youths ages 11 to 14 cultivate the “Narnian” virtues of love, wisdom, justice, integrity, self-control and fortitude in response to three of C.S. Lewis’ novels. He also will share about his most recent book, “Mere Education – C.S. Lewis as Teacher for Our Time.”

“Mark Pike is one of the foremost scholars of C.S. Lewis’ contribution to educational thinking – particularly as it relates to character education,” said Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of educational foundations and resident scholar in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). “He also uses his scholarship to provide practical help to educators, parents and students as evidenced by his leadership of the Narnian Virtues Project.”

The project investigates how students can understand and acquire the virtues underpinning good character through their engagement with a “Narnian Virtues Character Education” curriculum.

“This lecture will not only be an opportunity to hear how parents and teachers can help children learn to cultivate good character through engagement with C.S. Lewis’ beloved ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ but Pike will also share how interested educators, parents and others can participate in his research project on the topic,” Glanzer said.

The lecture will be at 4 p.m. in Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the ISR website.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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