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This subject introduces the science of positive psychology as it applies to education. The brain-science basis of positive psychology, including an introduction to neuroplasticity, will be explored and students are introduced to wellbeing theories as foundational concepts for their studies. The framework of positive emotions, engagements, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment will be used to structure the subject, with concepts such as resilience, hope theory, and gratitude being introduced to demonstrate asset-based approaches to helping young people learn.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject participants should be able to:
- Apply contemporary scientific evidence, theories, and research evidence on the development of positive psychology;
- Apply the essential features of positive education and how teachers can implement positive education interventions;
- Apply the application of these principles to educational settings;
- Reflect on current trends in positive psychology research.
Graduates will develop the following generic skills:
- Problem solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems and bring about positive change;
- Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments;
- To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches;
- Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines;
- Verbal and written communication skills;
- Use of evidence and data.
Last updated: 6 December 2019