Category Archives: Articles of Interest

15 Dec

The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology

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Barbara Fredrickson In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the emerging field of positive psychology. The “broaden-and-build theory” posits that experiences of positive emotions broaden people’s momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and

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16 Nov

Calamvale Community College’s Positive Education Journey – Live it, learn it, teach it, embed it

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Click here to read about this Queensland school’s commitment to a Positive Education approach, focussing initially on teacher training, allowing teachers to learn about Positive Psychology and live the strategies, before rolling out the program at the student level.

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03 Nov

Flourishing from the Margins: Living a Good Life and Developing Purpose in Marginalised Young People

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University of Birmingham – The Jubilee Centre There is a long-standing educational interest in the development of character in young people from ‘marginalised’, or deprived, backgrounds. Working with 3,250 young people, this fascinating report makes three key recommendations pertaining to non-mainstream education providers and the development of their learners’ character. It is recommended that: non-mainstream

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03 Nov

Wellbeing: if you treasure it you will measure it.

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White, M. & Kern. M. L. (2017). Independence Journal of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, Vol 42, No 2, pp. 50-54. In this fascinating article, the authors consider the impact incorporating a whole school wellbeing approach had on year 5-12 students at St Peter’s College Adelaide from 2011 – 2016.  The

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26 Sep

Well-being: ideas for healthier, inclusive and happier schools

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Well-being: ideas for healthier, inclusive and happier schools School Education Gateway (EU) This article discusses European and UK initiatives that promote the importance of well-being in schools.  In particular: The European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments (ENABLE) Schools for Health in Europe – SHE Network MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project)

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15 Aug

High Performing Schools are Virtuous Schools

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In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that values have long held centre-stage in schools as the guiding lights that lead towards the development of a positive organisational climate and culture. While these espoused values provide schools and organisations with guidance around the preferred ways to behave and act, they can

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15 Aug

Positive Psychology: A Pathway to Principal Wellbeing and Resilience

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School principals generally experience high levels of stress, burn-out, physical and verbal abuse, and lower levels of wellbeing. In this article, Auburn South Primary School Principal, Marcus Wicher, argues that positive psychology therefore needs to be part of the solution to what is a very serious health and wellbeing issue for school principals and the

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24 Jul

Teacher well-being and resilience: Podcasts as a tool for global reach

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Teachers are under increasing pressure inside and outside the classroom, at work and at home. There is a growing need for resilience training and tools to help increase teacher wellbeing. As part of their global support for teachers, IPEN approached PESA Director and Ravenswood School for Girls Principal, Anne Johnstone, and her team of fellow

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15 Jun

The benefit mindset: The psychology of contribution and everyday leadership

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In this article, Ashely Buchanan and Margaret Kern explore the significance of mindset in shaping a future of greater possibility. One’s mindset reflects personally distinguishable attitudes, beliefs and values, which influence one’s ability to learn and lead, and to achieve and contribute. Bringing together two areas of research – a “being well” perspective from positive

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05 Jun

Emotional Agility, by Lisa Boudreau, A21 Academic and Athletic Private Academy, Canada

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In this article, Lisa Boudreau from PESA member school, A21 Academic and Athletic Private Academy, in Ontario, Canada, argues that, in the face of increased curricular expectations placed on students coupled with the rapid decrease in internal motivation, drive, or desire by students to learn, emotional agility is a predictor for future mental wellness, achievement

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09 May

Visible Wellbeing™ in schools: The powerful role of instructional leadership (AEL, Vol 39, Issue 1 March 2017)

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Professor Lea Waters explains her Visible Wellbeing approach, integrating the three separate fields of positive education, visible thinking and visible learning. This article discusses how instructional leadership, although traditionally focussing on how teacher practice can improve academic outcomes, can also be applied in assisting teachers to boost another equally important outcome for students – wellbeing.

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09 May

Evidence-based coaching to enhance senior students’ wellbeing and academic striving

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This study examined the impact of an evidence-based within subjects coaching intervention within an Australian high school. Participants (25 female high school students aged between 15 and 16 years) showed a significant increase in wellbeing, and a significant decrease in depression, anxiety and stress.

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