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Virtues for the 21th century: moral competences and moral development using ubiquitous learning

Goal: Open any newspaper and you'll see that society can use more virtuous behavior. However, virtues are often considered 'old fashioned' and people do not relate them to their (working)life. Therefore, the project MijnDeugden.nl (Dutch for MyVirtues.nl) is started in 2014. The goal of this project is to refresh the classic wisdom of virtues and make them fit for our 21th century. The project builds on the well known assumption that virtues can be developed or enhanced by continued practice and have to be applied in daily life. Virtues are defined as moral competences. To stimulate moral development, the project builds upon ubiquitous learning principles. A self-development online portal will be created, that helps individuals to reflect on their own virtuous behaviour.

Methods: Competence, Moral Development, Virtue, Self-Evaluation Program, Ubiquitous Learning, Self-Development

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The Virtues Mirror (in Dutch: Deugdenspiegel) is fully operational. Data-collection for validation and reliability tests is running in a convenience sample of people joining the MyVirtues website (in Dutch: MijnDeugden.nl).
The questionnaire is created based on a scientific literature search and an online-search for virtues. From the resulting 14 scientific and five popular virtues lists, 353 virtue descriptions were drawn. Virtues descriptions were clustered in a process of convergencing and divergencing, following a Grounded theory approach. Using the classifications of Dahlsgaard et al. (2005) and Chun (2005) as a starting point, in the end 17 behavior clusters were identified. Next, these clusters were grouped in the so called 'Virtues Characters', reflecting the person you can become by practicing virtues: a Likeable Person, a Brave Person, an Enthusiastic Person, a Careful Person, a Balanced Person and a Thankful Person. Together they create a balanced 'Beautiful Person'.
Statements were constructed for the 6 scales of Virtues Characters with 10 items each (total 60 items). Answering format uses a 1–7-point Likert scale (‘'Not at all' to ‘‘Completely’).The statements are formulated in such a way that they are easy to comprehend for people with different educational backgrounds. Every item starts with a central opening sentence: 'In the last week..' and is than followed by statements like: '.. I kept me to my appointments' or '..I treated others with respect'.
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Inproving the virtues self-evaluation module
 
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Open any newspaper and you'll see that society can use more virtuous behavior. However, virtues are often considered 'old fashioned' and people do not relate them to their (working)life. Therefore, the project MijnDeugden.nl (Dutch for MyVirtues.nl) is started in 2014. The goal of this project is to refresh the classic wisdom of virtues and make them fit for our 21th century. The project builds on the well known assumption that virtues can be developed or enhanced by continued practice and have to be applied in daily life. Virtues are defined as moral competences. To stimulate moral development, the project builds upon ubiquitous learning principles. A self-development online portal will be created, that helps individuals to reflect on their own virtuous behaviour.