Positive Education

An Australian Perspective

Authored by: Suzy Green

Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415621854
eBook ISBN: 9780203106525
Adobe ISBN: 9781136258398

10.4324/9780203106525.ch25

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Abstract

Within Australia, there is increasing recognition that schools are important locations for the adoption of positive psychology, particularly in regard to student well-being. This is not unique to Australia, and it should be noted that this recognition is gaining increasing acknowledgment globally. For example, Gill (2009) argued that “human flourishing should be the core aim of education, and that education ought to be directed at the child as a whole, nurturing their diverse qualities and virtues as well as their inner integrity and harmony” (p. 6). Huitt (2010) also acknowledged the paradigm change occurring in education whereby schools are now being seen as institutions whose role extends beyond academic competence to preparing the whole child (Huitt, 2010).

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