Positive Communication and Education

Applying Character Strengths in Schools

Authored by: Mathew A. White

The Routledge Handbook of Positive Communication

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138633278
eBook ISBN: 9781315207759
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It is widely recognized that education must rise to the challenge of both leading change toward a more sustainable future and preparing students to be resilient global citizens. To do so, it must undergo a system-wide makeover (Fullan, 2013), finally breaking free of patterns that were set in the Industrial Age. Rationale for reinventing schools is a topic of discussion in academic papers, conferences, staff rooms, households, and classrooms. Solutions offered include the infusion of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital technology. Hopkin’s (2013) exhortation to repurpose education with a vision of well-being for all has the capacity to inclusively capture these diverse global discussions. The integration of well-being and sustainability aligns with the view of sustainable happiness defined by O’Brien (2010): happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being without exploiting other people, the environment, or future generations.

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