Journal article

Positive education and the new prosperity: Exploring young people's conceptions of prosperity and success

Kylie Trask-Kerr, Tan-Chyuan Chin, Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Australian Journal of Education | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019


Positive psychology and positive education aim to broaden the definition of prosperity and success to include well-being. This qualitative study sought to explore whether students in a school with a school-wide approach to positive education expressed different ideas about prosperity and success than students who have not received explicit positive education training. Using thematic analysis techniques and with reference to Seligman’s PERMA and Cummins’ Personal Well-being Index (PWI) frameworks, the writing tasks of 205 Year 10 students were analysed. Results showed that positive education students attributed success and prosperity to relationships more frequently than students who had not ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by an ARC Linkage grant-LP130100357. (2013-2016) Vella-Brodrick, D. A., Rickard, N. S. Cross, D. S; Hattie, J. A. Robinson, J. & King, C. A. Enhancing adolescent mental health through positive education and supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.