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What is this site?

Whom is this site for?


This site is a resource for anyone interested in learning more about “educating for intellectual virtues,” including teachers, administrators, education scholars, students, parents, and others interested in good educational theory and practice.

The site grew out of the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project, a three-year research and implementation project directed by Jason Baehr, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The project took place from 2012-15 and was sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


What does this site contain?


The site contains a wide array of up-to-date resources drawn from several fields of research and practice, including education, psychology, and philosophy. These resources are divided into two main categories: (1) theoretical resources and (2) practical resources.

The theoretical resources include an explanation of what intellectual virtues are and why they are important in education, as well as a list of several helpful books and articles addressing the theoretical basis of intellectual character education. Most of these resources are contained in the Virtues in Theory section of the site.

The practical resources include an explanation of key educational principles and practices, several short videos, a list of helpful books and articles, and access to a comprehensive resource guide for teachers. Most of these resources are contained in the Virtues in Practice section of the site.



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Who administers the site?


The site is administered by Jason Baehr, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. Baehr works mainly in the area of “virtue epistemology,” which is an approach to the philosophical study of knowledge that focuses on intellectual virtues and their role in the life of the mind. In recent years, Baehr has begun applying research in virtue epistemology to educational theory and practice. In this capacity, he helped found the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach in 2013 and has spoken on the topic of intellectual virtues and education to scholars and practitioners across the United States and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Professor Baehr can be reached at jbaehr@lmu.edu.