The Battle for Children’s Minds

1st Annual Education Studies Conference 2018, Institute of Education, University of Derby.

Wednesday 11 April 2018 10-4pm, Room: OL2

Traditionally moral education was based upon the belief that children could become autonomous human beings with a set of virtues that enabled them to live good lives and make a positive contribution to their communities.

Today moral education is more about instilling a set of prescribed behaviours under the banner of ‘character education’.

Do we no longer believe children can be autonomous human beings but need to be trained? Have we lost our belief that children can learn moral virtues? Do we even believe that children can be moral?

Our 1st Annual Education Studies Conference has keynote lectures by academics and writers Dr Stephen Law, author of The War for Children’s Minds, and Dr Helene Guldberg, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear, who will introduce us to the contemporary battle for children’s minds and morals.

Please click here to review the programme and book a ticket.

For further information please contact the conference organiser, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, at

I am looking forward to welcoming you at the conference.

Institute of Education, University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, DE22 1GB