Suggested Reading Materials for Positive Education

Definition of Positive Education

IPEN's 2017 State of Positive Education Report.

Gives an account of the history of positive education, presents three case studies (The Geelong Grammar School, St. Peter's College, and Universidad Tecmilenio), and reviews research, policy initiatives, and terms.

Adler, Alejandro, "Teaching Well-Being Increases Academic Performance: Evidence from Bhutan, Mexico and Peru," University of Pennsylvania, January 2016.

A recent large-scale study in Bhutan, Mexico and Peru that firmly establishes that positive education increases well-being and academic performance. Pages 1-14 provide a good review of what youth well-being is and a history of how t has been researched and studied. Pages 48-55 provide a good review and conclusion of the study.

White, Matthew A. and Simon A. Murray, "Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education: Implementing A Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools," 2015.

A book chronicling the scientifically informed approach to the application of positive psychology at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia. Taking a multidisciplinary approach that draws on the fields of positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and management, and evidence-based teacher practices, they suggest a framework for how principals and school leaders can integrate a whole-school well-being approach for staff and students. Topics include: the why, what and how of well-being in schools; how to lead whole-school change; how to measure well-being in staff and students; and how to develop strengths-based approaches.

Cooperrider, David L. and Michelle McQuaid, "The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Designing Can Bring Out the Best in Human Systems," The Journal of Corporate Citizenship No. 46, The Positive Psychology of Sustainable Enterprise (Summer 2012), pp. 71-102.

This article goes into detail about what an Appreciative Inquiry ("AI") Summit is. An AI Summit is a large group strategic planning, designing and implementation meeting that brings a whole system of stakeholders together in a concentrated way. Stakeholders work on a task of strategic significance and typically set in motion a portfolio of 12-20 major collective impact initiatives.

Additional Readings:

Positive Education in the Classroom

Seligman, M. E. P., Ernst, R. M., Gillham, J., Reivich, K., & Linkins, M. (2009) Positive education: Positive psychology and classroom interventions. Oxford Review of Education, 35, 293-311.

Building Positive Institutions

Cooperrider, D., and Godwin, L., 2011 Positive Organization Development: Innovation Inspired Change in an Economy and Ecology of Strengths. In Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer (eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, p 737-750.

Inspirational Possibilities

Cooperrider, D., (2017) Growing the Future Growers in the Field of Positive Education, in (White; Slemp; and Murray, eds.) Future Directions in Well-Being: Education, Organizations and Policy. Springer Publishers.  


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