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Positive education, or teaching the skills of well-being through direct instruction and the curriculum, aims to teach children the skills to build resilience, capitalize on strengths and systematically build the pillars for a flourishing life. Positive education can succeed amidst a supportive school environment and well-equipped teachers that inculcate the right values and character. Given that school-going children spend more than fifty percent of their time in school, it is thus imperative that teachers be trained with the skills of well-being. This paper provides an introduction to positive psychology (the foundation for positive education), describes the need for positive education in Singapore schools and proposes a workshop to equip secondary/high-school teachers with the skills and knowledge of resilience, character strengths and a flourishing life – the elements of which are summarized as PERMA (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning & achievement) (Seligman, 2011).
positive education, resilience, strengths, positive emotions, engagement, meaning, achievement
Date Posted: 03 May 2012
This document has been peer reviewed.